THE INTREPID chairman of the former Linby Colliery Welfare Ladies Football Club has kicked off a marathon 1,076-mile charity bike-ride from one end of Britain to the other.
Andrew Eastwood is boss of the club, which has now become Notts County Ladies and Linby Magpies.
But before the new season gets under way, he is tackling the gruelling ride from Land’s End to John O’Groats.
He will donate some of the money raised to the Bestwood Village-based Nottingham Regional Society for Adults and Young Children with Autism (NORSACA) charity, after being inspired by pal Derek Howarth.
As reported in last week’s Dispatch, Derek, of Shortwood Avenue, Hucknall, is driving across Europe in the 1,300-mile ‘Scally Rally’ to raise funds for NORSACA.
He is motoring from Calais in France to Rimini in Italy in September in honour of his son Dan (19), who has autism.
Dan’s sister Anna is a player for Notts County Ladies, so Andrew decided to split the cash he raises from the epic ride between NORSACA and the football club.
Speaking from Devon on Monday, Andrew (50), of Eastwood, said: “I’ve got a friend who is into cycling and he asked if I wanted to do it, and I said I’d go for it.
“I didn’t make a final decision on whether to do it or not until two weeks ago but in the end I decided I was fit enough for it.”
He and four other pals from Nottingham set off from Land’s End at 11 am last Saturday and hope to reach the north coast of Scotland inside two weeks.
“It was rough to start off with in Cornwall,” added Andrew. “It was hilly and we had three punctures between us, but we are doing well now.”
He and the team will spend some eight hours a day in the saddle to complete the mammoth task, stopping at bed and breakfasts along the way. Today (Friday) they expect to be at the 416-mile mark, cycling Wrockwardine in Shropshire to Knutsford in Cheshire.
“We are having to eat plenty and keep drinking, plus a few pints at the end of the day always helps,” he continued.
“It was more of a personal challenge at first but then I realised there was a chance to do something for NORSACA as well.”
To sponsor Andrew email him on firstname.lastname@example.org.
n OUR PHOTO shows Andrew (right) meeting up with Derek to swap notes on their respective charity marathons