Town fans battle the weather for ‘Keep It Up’
Around 250 Town fans are returning to Huddersfield on Saturday evening having battled through trying weather conditions in this year’s ‘Pedal for Pounds 6’ bike ride, sponsored by Orchard Energy.
This season’s ride has seen around 250 supporters get on their bikes to raise money for the Huddersfield Town Academy and the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, beginning at a sunny but chilly Castle Hill in Huddersfield on Friday morning.
Watched and supporters by friends and family, cyclists registered from 8am and began to depart in their groups an hour later, after a big ‘class picture’ in front of the iconic Huddersfield landmark.
The overall day one route traveled through Huddersfield town centre up to Ainley Top, through Sowerby Bridge, Accrington, Blackburn, Preston and finally into Blackpool.
The first stop of day one was in Todmorden, where the cyclists received a drink of water thanks to club partner Ice Valley, an energy drink thanks to iPro and a piece of fruit thanks to Sainsbury’s Dewsbury.
The second stop was 49 miles into the first day at The Boatyard Inn, Bolton Road, Riley Green, Preston, PR5 0SP. Cyclists will receive a sandwich and flapjack thanks to club partner Total Foodservice.
The ride ended that day on the promenade across from Blackpool Tower, with cyclists having their pictures taken in front of the landmark – as shown by Academy Manager Mark Lillis at the top of this article!
On Day 2, the riders set off from Bloomfield Road after Town’s Sky Bet Championship game at Blackpool’s Bloomfield Road was abandoned following an hour’s wait (click HERE for info).
The first stop was after 21 miles at Balderstone in Blackburn and the second after 41 miles at The Kettledrum Inn in Cliviger.
The ride officially ends at the John Smith’s Stadium on Saturday evening, with reports of cyclists already returning to Huddersfield whilst others are still making the journey in the gusty wind and heavy rain.
Thanks from everyone at Huddersfield Town goes to the ride’s sponsors:
Orchard Energy (click HERE
for info), Absolute Warehouse Services, Bike Shed, Brooke & Mae, Hepworth Honda, Pink Link
Town would also like to thank several ride donors:
Sandwich King, Ice Valley, Total Food Service, Nexus, iPro, One 17 Design, Card Factory, BIU, Try Cycling, Fat Lad At The Back and Ferno.
You can sponsor the cyclists, which includes Academy Manager Mark Lillis and Commercial Director Sean Jarvis, who have gone to all the effort 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.
Keep up to date with the ride on Twitter by using the hashtag #P4P6!