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6 June 2014

And they're off!

City's four charity cyclists have begun their bike ride from London to Amsterdam this Friday morning.

Former Bantams defender Louis Horne, one-time associate director Billy Bingham, plus City staff duo Steven Hawthorn-Emmett and Luke Gallagher (pictured above), have joined more than 150 members of the football family in cycling from London to Amsterdam over this Friday and Saturday in support of Prostate Cancer UK - The Football League's long-term Official Charity Partner. 

Shane Duff - a City player during the 2010/2011 season - is also in the saddle for the charity trek representing another of his former clubs, Cheltenham Town.

The Bantams' cycling foursome are paying a special tribute to a long-serving City fan as they take part in the Football League's charity London to Amsterdam challenge this weekend.

All four will be wearing stickers on their bikes in memory of Bradford fan Arnold Thompson, who sadly died recently of prostate cancer.

Arnold passed away aged 91 years-old. He is believed to have been one of the club's longest-serving fans having begun supporting the Bantams aged only 12.

The loyal City follower was a season ticket holder at the Coral Windows Stadium for 79 years and still attended games as recently as last (2013/2014) season.

His funeral took place this week at Rawdon Crematorium. 

The stickers have been kindly provided by Names On Frames - 

Representatives from more than 50 clubs in total joined the peloton at Leyton Orient FC in the early hours of Friday morning with ex-England star Luther Blissett among a host of former players signed up for the exciting 150-mile challenge which hopes to raise £150,000 for the charity.  

The Grand Depart took place in East London early on this Friday morning from Leyton Orient’s Matchroom Stadium. The group will then head out of London through rural English countryside before stopping off at a second ground, Colchester United’s Weston Homes Community Stadium, for refreshments. 

After completing the 90 mile sojourn to Harwich by dusk, the intrepid team cross the Channel overnight, before riding a further 60 miles across the flat landscape of Dutch Zeeland. The climax sees the peloton arrive in the country’s capital and its network of canals, cobbled streets and wonderful architecture.

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in men in the UK. Over 40,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year and one man dies every hour from prostate cancer.   

Prostate Cancer UK fights to help more men survive prostate cancer and enjoy a better quality of life. It funds research into causes and treatments and provides support and information.

City fans can follow the progress of the cycling event through any one of the following Twitter accounts.

You can still show your support and sponsor the guys now by clicking HERE. An alternative way to donate is to text PCUK50 and then the amount you want to send (e.g PCUK50 £5 to donate £5.00) to 70070.

As of this Friday morning, City fans had already helped to raise nearly £4,400 - many thanks for your kind donations!


Fans can also read more about the challenge HERE

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