Chris completes the Men United challenge and raises over £1000
Shrewsbury Town Physio Chris Skitt is back at the club after finishing the London to Amsterdam cycle ride in aid of Prostate Cancer UK.
Skitty and 150 other riders set of from Leyton Orient’s Matchroom stadium last Friday morning and headed out through the Essex countryside. They had a scheduled stop at Colchester United’s Weston Homes Community Stadium before heading to Harwich to catch the ferry. The overnight crossing took them the Hook of Holland and then onto their final destination of the Ajax’s Amsterdam Arena.
It was a great experience for Skitty whose years of cycling helped him to stay at the front of the group as experience levels of the riders saw the group spread out. The first day was the tougher of the two in the saddle with some good hills on the way to the ferry; the second was a bit more relaxed with the excellent cycling conditions of the flat Dutch countryside.
Among the other riders taking part were former Watford, AC Milan and England striker Luther Blissett, Port Vale manager Micky Adams and former Arsenal and Southampton forward Perry Groves as well as cyclists from a whole host of clubs around the country.
Skitty has raised over £1000 already for the campaign and really enjoyed the experienced of taking part in Men United:”The response has been brilliant from people who have donated online, and from people who have been giving me donations and my mum has got some through her work.
“It was a great experience to take part in and was meant to not be a competition, but when you get a lot of people who work in football there is always a little bit of completion that creeps in.
“I managed to stay with the group that went out in front and that was good fun, though towards the end of the first day when we were pushing for the ferry the legs began to take a bit on punishment.
“I’ve got the buzz now to do more things like this and am currently looking at doing a triathlon soon to keep the fundraising going.
“There was a great spirit between all the riders from all the different clubs and the likes of Luther Blissett, Micky Adams and Alan Lee were great fun.
“Thanks to everyone who has donated so far, you can still keep donating on Just Giving page or drop off anything you can at reception at the stadium.”