Boss: Cyclists show the spirit

Carl Paddon has led the Ride2Bury. Picture: Sarah Standing (141216-5002)
Carl Paddon has led the Ride2Bury. Picture: Sarah Standing (141216-5002)

The brave Pompey cyclists have received some welcome encouragement from Andy Awford.

The caretaker Blues boss was among the contingent for the start of the Ride 2 Bury charity to wave the 20 hardy souls off.

And Awford will also be there to congratulate them on their efforts at Gigg Lane as they complete their 300-mile journey ahead of today’s League Two showdown.

Nearly £20,000 has so far been raised for community shares in the club and for charities that supported four-year-old Jack Robinson, who recently died after suffering from an inoperable brain tumour.

But Awford believes the effort and achievement of the group – led by Carl Paddon and Tom Dearie – shows the spirit and togetherness now running throughout the club.

He said: ‘I managed to give them a wave before they went.

‘I think I should have brought them a pot of Vaseline because they are bound to be sore in a few places.

‘It shows the community ethos and that’s our football club from top to bottom, so well done to them.

‘I’m hoping it’s gone okay for them.

‘It’s a brilliant achievement and they should be applauded for it.

‘I wouldn’t want to do that and we wish them all the best.

‘There are not many fans that would do that.

‘It was great to see them go from underneath the stand at Fratton Park.

‘The office staff came out and cheered them off to play their part as well.’

The cyclists were due to arrive before today’s clash after completing the final leg of the trip from Knutsford having covered the 80 miles from Birmingham yesterday.

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