175 riders complete the journey from France to Belgium
- Riders travelled 76 miles on second day of cycling for P4P9
- Wreath laid at the Menin Gate
- 175 cyclists raising money for the YAA and Charity Partners
The Pedal for Pounds 9 riders reached the half-way stage of their 282-mile journey after completing the second day of cycling.
The 175 cyclists travelled 76 miles from Albert, France to Ypres, Belgium, visiting the memorials of two more Huddersfield Town players who lost their lives during service in WW1.
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After a tiring but successful first day, the riders were up bright and early at 7am on Thursday 10 May 2018 to begin their long journey to Belgium.
The riders were treated to sunshine and cooler temperatures as they made the 22-mile journey to their first stop of the day in St Martin sur Cojeul.
Here, the riders laid a wreath on the memorial of Sidney James, a Town player who lost his life aged just 26 during service in WW1.
After a food stop at Stade J.B. Tredez, the home of French Club FC Bauvin, the cyclists rode a further 22 miles to Ploegsteert, Belgium where they visited the memorial of Town player Larrett Roebuck, the first footballer to be killed in WW1.
With eight miles left to cover, the 175 cyclists dug deep and really showed their ‘Terrier Spirit’ by pushing themselves to the finish point for Day Two of cycling in Ypres.
In the evening, Club Chairman Dean Hoyle joined the Pedal for Pounds 9 team at the ‘Last Post’ at the Menin Gate, the ride’s namesake. Dean, Janet Hoyle and Andy Booth laid a Huddersfield Town wreath in memory of those who lost their lives in WW1.
🔵⚪️ A very special moment for #htafc.— Huddersfield Town (@htafcdotcom) May 10, 2018
Dean & Janet Hoyle and Andy Booth laid a wreath at the Menin Gate to commemorate the ‘Last Goal Post’ for #P4P9, in association with @madebycooper.
📸 By kind permission of Commonwealth War Graves Commission @CWGC. (EH) pic.twitter.com/n3mDV5eMeJ
Club Ambassador, Andy Booth, spoke about how memorable the day was for the P4P9 team:
“It’s been another great day. Yesterday was extra special with the Town result, and there’s been an even bigger buzz around the riders today.
“Coming back after a long day to see Dean waiting for us all at the hotel was brilliant, and then for both him and Janet to lay the wreath at the Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate shows how special it was and how special this Club is.”
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.
If you are tweeting about the ride, please use the hashtag #P4P9 and the Club's official Twitter account, www.twitter.com/htafcdotcom, will retweet some of the best.