Find out where you can see the ‘Last Goal Post’ riders
- The route for P4P9 ‘The Last Goal Post’ has been confirmed
- Cyclists to visit the memorials of six players who died in WW1
- Ride has been sponsored by Made by Cooper
With training well underway for the 175 cyclists taking part, the route for this year’s Pedal for Pounds 9 ride, in association with Made by Cooper, has now been confirmed.
The ride, which is 282 miles in total, will see the cyclists commemorate the lives of six Huddersfield Town players who were killed during service in WW1 on its 100th year anniversary.
The journey for the cyclists will begin on Tuesday 8 May 2018 at PPG Canalside, where they will be registered and picked up by Stotts coaches before getting on the ferry to Zeebrugge from Hull.
After arriving in Zeebrugge and being transported to Avelin the following morning, the Pedal for Pounds 9 ride will begin, with the cyclists travelling 60 miles to Albert, France.
The first stop will be 30 miles in at the Tilloy British Cemetary, to visit the memorial of former Huddersfield Town player Edward John Didymus (12/04/1918). At each grave or memorial, each team will lay a blue or white rose in memory of the fallen Town players, and the Club will also lay a wreath. From there, the cyclists will travel another 20 miles to the Thiepval Memorial to visit the memorial of Leigh Roose (07/10/1916), before travelling another five miles to the memorial of Charles Edward Randall (27/09/1916) at the Dantzig Alley British Cemetary in Mametz. The first day will finish just four miles later at Albert, France. CLICK HERE for the full route for Day One.
Day two of cycling will begin at 7am, with the cyclists heading 76 miles towards Ypres, Belgium. The first stop of the day will be after 22 miles at St Martin sur Cojeul to visit the memorial of Sidney James (09/04/1917). The cyclists will have a brief stop at Stade J B Tredez, FC Bauvin’s ground, before travelling another 22 miles to Ploegsteert to visit the memorial of Larrett Roebuck (below) (18/10/1914), who was the first footballer to be killed in WW1. From there the cyclists will head another 10 miles before finishing in Ypres. CLICK HERE for the full route for Day Two.
That evening, the ‘Last Post’ will take place at the Menin Gate. HTAFC Chairman Dean Hoyle and his wife Janet will lay a wreath on behalf of the Club at the ceremony.
Day three sees the cyclists race 57 miles from Ypres back to Zeebrugge to catch the ferry to Hull. There’s just one stop that day, 24 miles in, as the riders stop at the Coxyde Military Cemetery to visit the memorial of Ernest George Kenworthy (10/11/1917). CLICK HERE for the full route for Day Three.
After returning to Hull at 8am on Saturday 12 May 2018, the cyclists will then ride 80 miles back to PPG Canalside via Beverley. The riders will stop at the Market Weighton War Memorial Institute and the Crown Inn at Monk Fryston before heading back to Huddersfield through Mirfield. CLICK HERE for the full route for Day Four.
On Sunday, the cyclists will have their traditional lap of honour around the John Smith’s Stadium pitch prior to the Club’s final game of the season against Arsenal.
Once again, the ride is being held in association with Made by Cooper; a local company with respected worldwide reputation for quality and design.
Based in Lion Chambers in Huddersfield, St George’s Square, the company creates enamel lapel pin badges, patches, medals, toys and much more, with a team of professional designers to help realise your ideas.
Made by Cooper ships worldwide, with about 40% of customers in the USA. It works with all types of clients, from individuals that want keepsakes for their wedding day, to international companies such as BBC, ITV, HSBC, Tate Modern, Warner Bros, and many more including the Town Foundation.
The Club’s previous Pedal for Pounds bike rides have contributed to around £1.7 million to the total raised for the campaign since its inception in 2009.
If you want to donate some money to the ride, please visit www.justgiving.com/keepitupcampaign or text KIUC98 £5 (or any other amount) to 70070!