Saturday 28th February 2015 saw the culmination of the first stage of the Tri Albion Challenge 2015.
Brendon Batson led a team of cyclists including local fundraising celebrity “Blind Dave” Heeley and Blind Paralympian Darren Harris, from Southampton to The Hawthorns.
The Tri Albion Challenge kicked off with a recruitment drive for fans and the local community alike, to join the group as they took part in the bike leg of the Challenge. The journey consisted of a 152 mile bike ride from St Mary’s Stadium, Southampton to The Hawthorns, West Bromwich, arriving in time for the weekend’s game. The group were challenged to complete this journey in three days.
A total of 17 cyclists joined the group including West Bromwich Albion Sales and Marketing Director Adrian Wright and several Albion Foundation members of staff. The group were presented to the crowd at half time where they described their journey. They battled harsh conditions from day one as they made their way from Southampton to Swindon; a journey of over 70 miles.
From there, they left their comfy beds for an early morning on the saddle as they made their way to Evesham. The group managed to complete this day by 4:30pm so the massages were booked early to ensure that they could recover in time for the final day’s ride. It was here that the finish line was in sight for our cyclists. They faced a “short” 38.5 miles today to arrive in time for kick off.
All participants were raising funds for The Albion Foundation to continue their work in the community which was recently recognised at the Black Country Sports Awards 2014, where the Foundation picked up 3 of the prestigious awards (http://thealbionfoundation.co.uk/?p=18474).
We are happy to announce the bike leg of the journey has helped to raise over £20,000 for the Tri Albion Challenge, and puts us in a great position to reach our target of £50,000! Please take a few minutes of your time to watch the video below showcasing how your money will be used:
You can sponsor the team taking on the Tri-Albion Challenge through our Just Giving page: