After being diagnosed with incurable prostate cancer 18 months ago, the veteran sports writer Ralph Ellis is determined to beat the odds. But even he was surprised when his son challenged him to cycle 145 miles together in our Football to Amsterdam fundraising ride next month. We spoke to him about how he's getting on.
When Steve 'Garby' Garbett died from prostate cancer in 2014, his son Dave and Preston North End manager Simon Grayson — Steve's best friend — started fundraising for Prostate Cancer UK in his memory. Soon after, Team Garby was born. From a funeral collection to a private performance by the Kaiser Chiefs, we look back at their extraordinary fundraising journey over the last four years.
This weekend, 380 football fans and legends of the game embark on a two-day pedal-pilgrimage to the Dutch capital on our Football to Amsterdam bike ride, having already raised over £450,000 so far. Here, QPR fan Brian Mooney – who is among the peloton – tells us why the event is so important to him and what it was like meeting his hero and fellow cyclist on the event, 'Sir Les'.
Neither Laura Dear nor her dad, Paul, had been near a bicycle in decades. But after Paul was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer, they both decided to take on our epic Football to Amsterdam bike ride on 9 June to help stop other families suffering the same fate. They talk to us about the impact the disease has had on each of them, and how they're setting aside their football team rivalry to ride together.
The Ipswich Town FC cycling team, which has raised £150,000 riding in our Football to Amsterdam event, visit the University of East Anglia to find out how they’re using the money to prove a link between advanced prostate cancer and bacterial infections using urine samples. It’s a topic that brings back sore memories for one of the cycling team’s members, former England captain Terry Butcher.
Today marks two years since Dave Garbett lost his dad, Steve, to prostate cancer. Since then, he and his family and friends have raised huge sums for Prostate Cancer UK. But he explains why it's he who is thankful to the charity, for helping him keep memories of his dad strong through all the miles he's cycled, auctions he's held and pin badges he's sold.
In 2015, John O’Brien, 57, was diagnosed with prostate cancer following a PSA test. A year on and inspired by his son, Sam, he completed our Football to Amsterdam cycle ride and feels lucky to be alive.
BLOG: From the punishing cross-winds of Essex to the glorious traffic-free roads of the Dutch countryside, Gary Trudgett shares the many highs and few lows of his epic 145-mile cycle from London to the Ajax Arena on our Football to Amsterdam ride last weekend.
In 2016, 350 riders representing 50 Football League clubs started out from Barnsley FC's Oakwell Stadium and London's Olympic Park to cycle 145 miles to the Dutch capital over a weekend, raising £500,000 to help beat prostate cancer. Here are just a few of those who braved the saddle sores and their personal motivations that kept them pedalling through the pain barrier.
After watching his dad suffer in silence with prostate cancer, Southend United CEO Steve Kavanagh is determined to make as much noise as possible about the disease using his connections in football. As he prepares to lead a team of cyclists in our Football to Amsterdam ride for the second time, he tells us why the personal emotions that drive him are still strong.