Footy fan cyclists are the wheel deal

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Anything Tour de France cycling ace Chris Froome can do, two dedicated football fans can do better.

For while the Brit may be romping towards victory in the latest 2,115 mile gruelling endurance test of man and machine, a Doncaster Rovers fan and his fellow football following friend have gone the extra mile this summer - well nearly 300 to be exact.

The dedicated duo have just completed an energy-sapping and gruelling 2,400 mile trek around the grounds of all 92 Premiership and Football League grounds in England and Wales - and to boot they’ve raised more than £8,000 for charity.

Rovers supporter Peter Cooper, 21 and Leicester City fan David Clarke, 21, decided to undertake the marathon challenge in memory of David’s stepbrother Ben Edkins who died of cancer two years ago.
Explained Peter: “I’d always wanted to cycle to all 92 grounds, but it just came out of the blue.

“We looked how far it was and its the equivalent of cycling from London to Iraq or biking from Land’s End to John O’Groats three times.”

The pair shook on the challenge - even though Peter had never really ridden a bike until last year.

He said: “I wasn’t a cycling nut or confident about being on a bike at all. But we put in the training for nine months, got the gear and then we were ready.”

The duo set off on their tour of the country’s stadiums on their Cycling The 92 challenge at Northampton Town’s Sixfields and completed it 36 days later, rolling up on their bikes outside the home of Premiership champions Manchester United.

In between, the pair ticked off outposts such as Exeter City, Carlisle United and Norwich City, the country’s highest stadium at West Bromwich Albion as well as famed grounds such as Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool - and of course, David’s Leicester City home The King Power Stadium and of course, Doncaster Rovers’ Keepmoat Stadium, averaging 80 miles a day.

“It was extremely tough and we had plenty of punctures, falls, aches and pains along the way. But the clubs bent over backwards - we met players, held trophies and got memorabilia. It was an amazing experience,” he said.

Marathon challenge in aid of a friend lost to cancer

The trek was in aid of Edgar’s Gift, a charity set up in 2010 in memory of Ben Edkins, who passed away following a year long fight with cancer.

He was just 25 when he died after battling Rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare and aggressive form of muscle cancer.

The charity was founded by Ben’s parents Julie and Neil Bradman, alongside Ben’s family and friends – all of whom Ben influenced and had a special and positive effect on their lives.

Edgar’s Gift aims to raise money in order to provide special days out, unique experiences and luxury gifts for young adults aged 18-30 who are suffering from cancer.

To donate visit Edgars Gift