What an effort! Group cycles 148 miles to raise money for football club

The Scotton Scorchers at Leeds United.
The Scotton Scorchers at Leeds United.

Eight coaches and parents of Knaresborough-based Scotton Scorchers Junior Football Club cycled from Leeds United’s Elland Road stadium to Liverpool’s Anfield ground to raise money for the club.

Over the last four years, this fundraising event has raised over £10,000, with this year’s effort expected to raise upwards of £2,000.

The Scotton Scorchers at Wigan Athletic

The Scotton Scorchers at Wigan Athletic

Parents and coaches have cycled the Leeds Liverpool Canal each year to raise money for the club since the Grand Depart in 2014 and the Tour de Yorkshire in 2015.

The event is getting so popular that the children are out on bikes touring sections of the canal with their mums and dads.

The riders who took part this year were Keith Large, Lee Peacock, Chris Swales, Matt Hobbah, Paul Day, Alan Swales, Rob King and John Large.

The group stopped off at Burnley, Accrington, Blackburn, Chorley, Wigan and Everton football clubs along the way during their 148-mile trek, which took place on September 7 and 8.

The Scotton Scorchers at Liverpool.

The Scotton Scorchers at Liverpool.

“This year it was a particularly tough ride with driving rain and a constant westerly wind in our faces,” said Keith Large.

“We couldn’t have done the without our old faithful support driver Charlie Raynor who helped plan and accommodate all the logistical stops for water and food.

“We have made so many friends along the way and some great connections with all the very accommodating professional football clubs we have visited. Our children love to see their coaches and parents stood on the pitches of very famous football clubs holding the Scotton Scorchers JFC banner. It gives them something to aspire to in that one day they may be perhaps stood on the very same pitch but perhaps actually playing.”

The Scotton Scorchers at Blackburn Rovers

The Scotton Scorchers at Blackburn Rovers