Riders complete Pedal for Pounds 9 ride from France to Huddersfield
- Riders travelled 282 miles for P4P9
- Visited memorials of six former Huddersfield Town players
- 175 cyclists raised money for the YAA and Charity Partners
This year’s Pedal for Pounds 9 riders completed their 282-mile journey from France to Huddersfield on Saturday 12 May 2018.
The 175 cyclists were greeted by cheering crowds as they returned to PPG Canalside after making the 80-mile trip from the ferry port at Hull on the final day.
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The journey began on Tuesday 8 May 2018 when the riders took the overnight ferry from Hull to Zeebrugge, Belgium, before being transported to their start point in Avelin, France.
After an inspirational speech from the Club’s Commercial Director, Sean Jarvis, the cyclists set off on their 282-mile journey in which they would cycle through three different countries.
On the first day of cycling, the team visited the memorials of Town players Edward John Didymus, Leigh Roose and Charles Edward Randall, each of whom lost their lives during service in WW1.
After travelling 60 miles, the riders finished the day in Albert, France, just in time to watch Huddersfield Town secure its Premier League status for another season.
On the second day of cycling, the riders travelled 76 miles, visiting the memorials of Town players Sidney James and then Larrett Roebuck, who was the first footballer to be killed in WW1.
After arriving in Ypres, Belgium, the P4P9 team attended the ‘Last Post’ ceremony at the Menin Gate, where Club Chairman Dean Hoyle, Janet Hoyle and Andy Booth laid a wreath to commemorate those who died in WW1.
It was another sunny start for day three of cycling, which saw the 12 teams race from Ypres back to Zeebrugge to catch the ferry.
The riders travelled 57 miles and visited the memorial of Ernest George Kenworthy, another Town player who lost his life during service in WW1.
After taking the ferry from Zeebrugge to Hull overnight, the riders set off at 9am on Saturday 12 May 2018 with home in sight.
It was the longest day of cycling for the teams as they travelled 80 miles, stopping at the Market Weighton War Memorial Institute and the Crown Inn pub in Monk Fryston on the way.
Dressed in the blue and white Town colours, the cyclists received a warm reception from their friends and family as they arrived back at PPG Canalside, completing their 282-mile journey.
A Yorkshire Air Ambulance helicopter landed at the facility to allow the cyclists and their families the chance to see inside and have photos.
Then, on Sunday 13 May the cyclists did a pre-match lap of honour of the John Smith’s Stadium pitch to applause from both Huddersfield Town and Arsenal supporters.
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Once again, the ride was 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.