Chris on the road to Amsterdam to raise money for Prostate Cancer
Today's the day for Shrewsbury Town physio Chris Skitt as he embarks on his charity cycling challenge from London to Amsterdam this morning.
Chris, a keen cyclist, stepped forward to be Shrewsbury Town's representative when the Football League sought people connected to all its member clubs to raise money for Prostate Cancer UK in the challenge which starts today and runs until Sunday.
It is the Football League's official charity for the 2013-14 season with the Men United campaign doing much to raise the profile.
Chris and the other cyclists, among them fomer Watford, AC Milan and England striker Luther Blissett, depart from Leyton Orient's Brisbane Road ground in East London bright and early this morning.
They will cycle 85 miles to Harwich and then, after a ferry crossing, will get back on their bikes to cycle 65 miles from the Hook of Holland to Ajax's stadium in Amsterdam.
Chris said: "The Prostate Cancer campaign is very important to me as my grandad suffered from the disease. Like so many families, we have seen the effects at first hand.
"The Men United campaign is a brilliant way to get men to take responsibility for their health by having simple checks which can lead to early diagnosis leading to complete recovery in the vast majority of cases.
"As a physio working with sports men and women, I value the advice given by medical professionals about preventing injury and illness rather than reacting to its effects.
"I am looking forward to the ride to Amsterdam. Please sponsor me and it will give me even more incentive to achieve a personal goal which will help raise awareness of this disease that can be beaten: Skitty 1 Prostate Cancer 0!”
Chris has been training hard in recent weeks to ensure he's in the best possible condition for his exciting cycling challenge.
Please give a donation to help Skitty reach his target ahead of this important challenge, every pound or two will help to raise money for this excellent campaign - www.justgiving.com/chris-skitt