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IRON DUO GOING STRONG EN ROUTE TO AMSTERDAM

13 June 2015

Heading into the second half of their London to Amsterdam charity bike ride, the two Iron representatives gave their verdict on the first day.

Assistant Club Secretary Adam Grice and SUFC Trust Education Officer Wayne Johnson both battled their way through the 82-mile challenge of day one, taking them from Brisbane Road, Leyton Orient to Harwich via the Weston Homes Community Stadium - the home of Colchester United.

The pair, who have raised over £2,500 between them for Prostate Cancer UK, travelled to Holland via a ferry overnight and will complete the next 60 miles of their ordeal today.

Speaking following their first day, Adam said: "The first day of London to Amsterdam was very tough and challenging, but I am delighted to say we made it all the way to Harwich!"

"Wayne finished about 15 minutes ahead of me, which was disappointing because I was fairly confident of finishing ahead of him. But when cramp sets in with around 14 miles left there is pretty much nothing you can do but grin and bear it.

"I also lost time on him just before lunch when I suffered a puncture. Typically, I struggled to change it as did three other cyclists from other clubs. Thankfully, one of Ipswich's mass following saved the day and got me back on the road.

"Looking at the plan for the second day, it's 20-miles shorter than the opening day's route. Thankfully, it's also not as hilly, which will make things a lot easier on the legs - I hope!"

Meanwhile, Wayne reflected on the challenge overall - praising the initiative, which has in total raised almost £280,000 so far: "It's great to see so many club representatives involved  in this event.

"It's been a pleasure to ride amongst them. It's been a tough day with over 80 miles covered in humid conditions and now we look forward to the second day, which hopefully will be slightly easier and we'll be able to enjoy the Dutch countryside and have that to look forward to."

He added: "Onwards and upwards."

Thanks to everyone who has so far donated to either Adam or Wayne as they take part in a Football League initiative in aid of a highly worthy cause. If you'd like to donate, visit https://www.justgiving.com/adam-grice-sufc-challenge or https://www.justgiving.com/bambz



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