Riders complete day three of cycling ahead of final stretch
- Riders travelled 57 miles across Belgium for P4P9
- Teams raced from Ypres to the ferry in Zeebrugge
- 175 cyclists raising money for the YAA and Charity Partners
The Pedal for Pounds 9 riders are all set for the final stretch after completing their journey to the ferry in Zeebrugge.
The 175 riders made the 57-mile trip from Ypres to Zeebrugge, Belgium, visiting the sixth and final memorial of a Huddersfield Town player on the way.
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It was yet another sunny start for the riders who were joined by Club Chairman, Dean Hoyle, for the race to the ferry, after he arrived in Belgium for the ‘Last Post’ ceremony at Menin Gate yesterday evening (Thursday 10 May 2018).
At 8am, the 175 cyclists set off on their 25-mile ride to their first stop of the day at the Coxyde Military Cemetery.
Here, the P4P9 team visited the memorial of Ernest George Kenworthy, a Huddersfield Town player who lost his life during service in WW1. He died on November 10, 1917 aged 29. Dean Hoyle laid a wreath on behalf of the Club before the twelve team leaders each placed a blue or white rose alongside.
The cyclists then made the short journey to Nieuwpoort, Belgium where they enjoyed a well-earned food stop on the waterfront before making the final journey to Zeebrugge.
After arriving at the ferry, all 175 cyclists enjoyed the final evening of the trip ahead of their 80-mile journey from Hull back to Huddersfield tomorrow (Saturday 12 May 2018).
Dean Hoyle was delighted to be able to join the cyclists on their P4P9 journey:
“It’s great to be here. It’s a shame I wasn’t able to make the whole ride, but I wasn’t giving the Chelsea game up for anything.”
Dean also spoke about the special nature of the ‘Last Post’ memorial at Menin Gate yesterday evening (Thursday 10 May 2018):
“It’s quite surreal to do something like that, and a privilege. It’s really humbling, and it makes us feel lucky that people sacrificed their lives for us to do what we’re doing today.
“As a Chairman, it was a very proud moment.”
He also explained how the ‘Terrier Spirit’ is well and truly alive within the P4P9 cyclists:
“We’re one big family. The people who do this raise money for a great cause and they feel part of our family and they’re very proud of that.
Tomorrow will see the cyclists pedal 80 miles back to Huddersfield to complete P4P9.
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.
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