Bury Town FC team aim to raise £50k cycling from Gigg Lane ground to Bury, in Greater Manchester

A charity bike ride is set to take place from Bury in Lancashire to Ram Meadow home of Bury Town FC.

A charity bike ride is set to take place from Bury in Lancashire to Ram Meadow home of Bury Town FC. L-R: Jocelyn Clarke (Breakthrough), Phil Smailes (Bury Town vice chair), Michelle Banfield-Curran (Bury Town chief exec), Trevor Collins (Bury Town Director). Paul Meredith (committee member) and Sue Smith (Breakthrough). - Credit: Archant

Football fans are hoping to raise £50,000 by cycling the 224 miles between Bury, in Greater Manchester, to Bury St Edmunds.

A charity bike ride is set to take place from Bury in Lancashire to Ram Meadow home of Bury Town FC.

A charity bike ride is set to take place from Bury in Lancashire to Ram Meadow home of Bury Town FC. L-R: Jocelyn Clarke (Breakthrough), Phil Smailes (Bury Town vice chair), Michelle Banfield-Curran (Bury Town chief exec), Trevor Collins (Bury Town Director). Paul Meredith (committee member) and Sue Smith (Breakthrough). - Credit: Archant

The money raised will be split between Bury Town FC and Breakthrough Breast Cancer, with the cyclists starting their journey at Bury FC’s Gigg Lane ground in June.

Along the way the charity cyclists will visit several football clubs, including Stoke City FC at the Britannia Stadium, Leicester City at their King Power Stadium and Peterborough United at their London Road ground, before finishing four days later at Ram Meadow, in Bury St Edmunds.

Dubbed the Bury2Bury charity ride, the club is appealing for more people to take part. Club chief executive Michelle Banfield-Curran is co-ordinating the ride as well as taking part.

She said: “Club members wanted to raise money for the club and Breakthrough Breast Cancer as it is a cancer that affects both men and women. The daily target of 50 miles is an achievable target for all, with some training beforehand.”


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She said that the club will be holding sessions for those hoping to join the challenge, with invited guest speakers giving fitness, nutrition, bike maintenance and fundraising advice.

“It is a great chance for participants to raise money for a great cause and at the same time get fit. The 224 mile ride will provide a great incentive,” she added.

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The team of cyclists will start their journey at League Two Bury FC’s ground on June 11, hoping to reach the home of Ryman Premier’s table propping Bury Town on June 14.

Laura Hudson, from Suffolk Breakthrough Cancer, said: “It is amazing that they have chosen to raise money for us. It is an ambitious target, but they are hoping for 50 riders.

“They won’t be racing cyclists, they will be ordinary people for who cycling that many miles will be a big challenge and a hug achievement.

“We have not worked with the club before and we are really looking forward to it. It is a big event to organise from the admin side of things, so for Michelle to take it on, it is fantastic.”

If you wish to take part or find out more, contact Ms Banfield-Curran at michelle@burytownfc.co.uk or telephone her on 01284 754721 or 07747 478770.Weekly training rides from Ram Meadow will be held every Sunday at 9.30am from March 1, with all participants are welcome.

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