His team are riding high in the Championship and Mick McCarthy is backing a mammoth Ipswich Town squad to raise £50,000 for Prostate Cancer UK by taking on the London to Amsterdam cycling challenge next year.
Town’s boss, a keen cyclist, saddled up to promote the club’s extended involvement in the two-day event at Thursday lunch time (13 November 2014). He was joined by former club players Simon Milton and Alan Lee who will take on the international challenge for a second time between June 12-14, 2015.
Earlier this year 150 hardy souls representing clubs across the length and breadth of The Football League pedalled from Leyton Orient’s Matchroom Stadium to the Amsterdam ArenA, home of Dutch giants Ajax.
Of that peloton a whopping 17 represented Ipswich, raising over £20,000 from an overall total of more than £200,000.
That field was more than five times the number that took on the inaugural event 12 months earlier, and plans are already in place for a bigger and better event in 2015 as riders answer the call to take their clubs back into Europe.
And that includes Ipswich, who famously won the UEFA Cup in 1981. Their ‘captain’ Milton is aiming to recruit 50 riders to pedal from East London to the middle of Amsterdam.
Town boss McCarthy said: “Prostate Cancer UK has been doing some wonderful work in supporting men and their families who really need help when they are affected by this disease.
“At Portman Road we are proud members of Men United, not to mention keen cyclists, and it’s great to see Milts and Alan taking part in the challenge again.
“The riders did the club proud last year, raising a fantastic sum of money and I know there is a lot of interest already in the 2015 ride to Amsterdam. I wish everyone who takes part the best of luck in what is such a worthy cause.”
Funds raised for the event will also go to Ipswich’s esteemed youth set-up for which Milton is Director of Academy Sales, with the team aiming to bring in a six-figure sum.
Milton added: “I am sure we all know someone who has been affected by prostate cancer and this was the main reason I decided to join up last year. My goal was to take up the Challenge again this year but bring an even bigger team from Ipswich.
“Whether or not you are a keen cyclist, the challenge is an excellent way to get some mates together to support an important cause, and I would encourage anyone who is thinking of signing up to get some pals together and do it as a group. I look forward to meeting up with all the other teams on the trip as we tackle the 150 miles together from London to Amsterdam. Bring it on!”
Director of Fundraising at Prostate Cancer UK, Mark Bishop, said: “It’s brilliant to see Simon and his mates from Ipswich forming an even bigger squad next year and we’d love to see this as a rallying call for other clubs to join and help us raise even more awareness and save men’s lives. Money raised will go directly towards fighting this deadly disease and help us stop it killing one man every hour.”
To join the Ipswich Town team, email firstname.lastname@example.org
To find out more about next year’s London to Amsterdam Challenge, register your interest here.