Steelmen fans cycle to match to help hospice

Phil Connelly, Brian MacDonald, Steve Hunter, Rory Clark, Paul Beattie, Robert Taylor and Jason Milne

Phil Connelly, Brian MacDonald, Steve Hunter, Rory Clark, Paul Beattie, Robert Taylor and Jason Milne

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Keen cyclists and Steelmen supporters are taking part in a 35-mile sponsored bike ride on Saturday to boost the club and raise cash for charity.

A group of 20 riders are taking part in the challenge which has been organised by Corby Town Supporters Trust.

Proceeds from the event will be divided between the trust and Lakelands Hospice, in Butland Road, Corby.

They will be setting off from Steel Park at 8am to cycle to Hinckley.

The match between Corby Town and Hinckley kicks off at 3pm and they will arrive in plenty of time for the start of the game.

Paul Beattie, a member of the trust and a keen cyclist, said: “The aim of the trust is to encourage the community to support the football club and for our members to be involved in the community.

“We are supporting the hospice because it is such a big charity in Corby and almost everyone in the town knows someone who has been helped there. We’ve been training for the ride which should take about four hours and we hope to raise as much money as possible. The cyclists are being sponsored by family, friends and work colleagues and we may make this an annual event.”

The sponsored cycle will follow a route through many Leicestershire villages and there will be a stop for refreshments at the halfway mark.

Mr Beattie, who is also a borough councillor and the authority’s champion for cycling and walking, said: “We’re hoping the weather improves by Saturday.”

Anyone interested in sponsoring the cyclists or taking part in the event can find out more by emailing info@ctfctrust.org.uk.