Preston North End manager Simon Grayson has reflected on the 2015 London to Amsterdam Challenge, which has raised more than £300,000 for Prostate Cancer UK.Grayson and around 250 other riders took part in the challenge, which was staged over two days and tasked the participants to cycle around 145 miles.
Grayson, who led Preston to promotion to the Sky Bet Championship last term, found the challenge very rewarding – even if it was tough for portions of the trip – and he felt that the camaraderie of the group helped him over the finish line.
“The spirit of everybody kept you going, I met a lot of people that I didn't know and that was the whole thing really,” he said to Preston's official website.
"It was a fantastic thing to do and look back on now that I've done it.
"It was superbly organised, obviously as you would imagine, signs up even though once or twice people didn't follow them right.
"I remember once or twice I was struggling with tiredness and my knee was hurting a little bit. I was at the back of our group of 30 of us and the front group missed the sign off so psychologically I went from the back to leading the pack! And I thought 'happy days!'. I got a brand new lease of life - it was brilliant.
“When you saw the end, it was just a massive relief and there was a sense of achievement and pride about it all.”
PHOTO GALLERY: Click here to see images of the London to Amsterdam Challenge 2015
The riders have already made a considerable amount of money for Prostate Cancer UK, with donations continuing to flood in.
“I’m getting up to just short of £30,000 as my team of three or four, then the whole team of us that were together, so the 12 of us, we've already hit the £40,000 mark,” Grayson added.
“At the dinner on the Saturday night, as a whole team of riders on the event we had got over the £310,000 which is unbelievable.
“Even this week I've been sending texts out to ex-players and people like that telling them what other players had donated and now they are trying to beat each other.
“I would like to thank so many people who have donated, whether it's large amounts, small amounts, companies, individuals, the support has been fantastic so a massive thanks to everybody who's been connected with it.
“Like the sponsors of the shirt I wore for the ride, to the large amounts right through to every football fan that has donated even a small amount.
“It makes you realise how generous people are when it comes to things like this.”
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