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3 June 2014

United supporter Mick Roden is representing his club on a 150-mile bike ride from London to Amsterdam.

Mick, who is a regular cycling enthusiast, is relishing the chance of cycling the distance for charity.

As a regular Iron supporter, Mick has watched Scunthorpe for many years and since his retirement he has spent much of his time cycling around the continent.

The two day cycle will see all 72 Football League clubs aim to raise money for Prostate Cancer UK - the official charity of the Football League this season's official charity for the 2013/14 season.

Mick and representatives from the other 71 Football League clubs will be cycling 90 miles from London to Harwich on the Friday before they complete the remaining 60 miles on the Saturday.

Former England striker Luther Blissett will also be participating in the 150-mile bike ride.

Everyone involved will be departing Leyton Orient's Matchroom Stadium at 8am on Friday, June 6 and they'll be aiming to arrive in Harwich just before dusk.

Once the team arrive in Harwich they'll get the overnight ferry across the Channel before they complete the final 60 miles across the flat landscape of the Dutch Zeeland.

The former Watford and AC Milan striker, Blissett, is urging everyone to get involved an support a fantastic cause.
He told the Football League: "Get your World Cup fever on and ride to Amsterdam with me and a bunch of fantastic people from across The Football League.

"If last year was anything to go by, we're going to have a great time on the way and when we get there. Sign up, challenge yourself and raise money to support the 250,000 men living with prostate cancer in the UK."

Director of Fundraising at Prostate Cancer UK, Mark Bishop added: "There's been an excellent response from everyone who is helping make it possible within The Football League for what's sure to be a really exciting and entertaining event.

"Our club captains have been busy building up their teams and it will be fantastic to see so many people saddling up for a serious test of cycling when they convene at Leyton Orient in June. The London to Amsterdam event is shaping up to be a key event on the calendar and we're delighted to see Luther Blissett showing his support by joining the peloton.

"From East London to the heart of the Netherlands' principle city, it's the perfect warm-up to the World Cup as we promote and raise money for a hugely important cause.

"Prostate cancer kills one man every hour in the UK with one in eight men likely to be diagnosed with the disease at some point in their lifetime. We want to be there for men and continue the fight against this killer disease."

Shaun Harvey, Chief Executive of The Football League, said: "The London-Amsterdam cycling challenge will provide a fitting culmination to a season during which The Football League and our member clubs have been working to increase awareness of prostate cancer and help raise funds. We hope the contribution it will make will help more men survive the disease and enjoy a better quality of life.

"Our annual end-of-season charity challenges have become experiences not to be missed and this one promises to be no different - I'd encourage any fan interested to sign up and represent their Football League club."

United are trying to arrange £1,000 for Prostate Cancer and they are doing this through a number of different ways.

We have previously held bucket collections at Glanford Park and now we have launched a Just Giving Page so supporters can donate online.

To donate to Mick's cycling challenge please follow the link below.

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