Huddersfield Town’s ‘Pedal for Pounds 7’ bike ride, sponsored by Orchard Energy, got under way at Carlisle United on Wednesday morning.This season’s ride has seen 180 supporters get on their bikes to raise money for the Huddersfield Town Academy and the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, beginning at Carlisle United on Wednesday morning.
Cyclists registered at PPG Canalside and enjoyed a breakfast before heading up to Carlisle on transport provided by Stotts Coaches.
They began to depart in their groups from Carlisle at 8.30am after a big ‘class picture’ in front of Brunton Park, the home of Carlisle United.
The overall route will see the cyclists travel from Carlisle, through Lancaster, Preston and Liverpool and finally back to PPG Canalside on Friday.
Cyclists taking part this year include the club’s Commercial Director Sean Jarvis, an Academy team consisting of coaches Mark Lillis, Dave Haley, Neil Matthews and Mike Jeffries and BBC Radio Leeds’ Town commentator Paul Ogden!
This year’s route has been dubbed ‘The Shankly Tour’, with the locations selected having special relevance to Town’s legendary Manager Bill Shankly.
Links to the route can be found in full here:
Day 1 - http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/967659605
Day 2 – http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/977605763
Day 3 - http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/967744397
The first stop of day one is at Askham & District Community Centre in Askham, Queens Head Car Park (CA10 2PN), where the cyclists will receive a drink of water thanks to club partner Ice Valley and flapjack thanks to club partner Total Foodservice.
The second stop on day one will be after 54 miles at Kendall Cricket Club (LA9 6BZ). Cyclists will receive a sandwich, a chocolate snack thanks to Nestle and a piece of fruit thanks to club partner Sainsbury’s.
The only stop on day two will be after 25 miles and will include a drink of water, a sandwich, chocolate snack and a piece of fruit. The location of the stop is at Preston North End FC (PR1 6RU).
The first stop on day three will come after 25 miles and will include a drink of water and a flapjack. The location of the stop is Saracens Head Country Pub, Paddock Lane, Lymm, Warburton (WA13 9TH).
The second stop on day three will be after 50 miles and will be at The Kingfisher, Chew Valley Road, Greenfield, Saddleworth (OL3 7AE).
Thanks from everyone at Huddersfield Town goes to the ride’s sponsors: Orchard Energy, Absolute Warehouse Services, Wilby Ltd, Hepworth Honda. Town would also like to thank several ride donors: Expect Distribution, Ronan Developments, Ferno, Sandwich King, Ice Valley, Total Foodservice, Nexus, One 17 Design, Card Factory, Nestle, Stotts and Sainsbury’s.
You can sponsor the cyclists on the 215 mile ride in aid of the YAA and HTAFC Academy by visiting www.justgiving.com/keepitupcampaign or by texting KIUP99 £5 (or any other amount) to 70070.
The previous six instalments of Pedal for Pounds have raised well over £1 million for the two causes, with the contribution to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance funding every flight the life-saving helicopters have made in the Huddersfield area since 2009.
Follow the ride on social media – use and search for #p4p7!