Pete retires from football — to cycle all way to Paris for charity!

Pete Campbell
Pete Campbell

A FORMER captain of Linby Colliery Welfare Football Club is aiming to lead by example off the pitch — with a gruelling charity bike-ride from London to Paris.

Pete Campbell (34), of Watnall, skippered the historic club for two years from 2008 to 2010 before retiring from football in the summer because of work and family commitments.

But he was soon itching for another challenge to prevent him “becoming a couch potato”.

Most would take up a nice, gentle hobby, such as golf. But not Pete.

For next July, he will aim to cover the 284-mile distance to Paris in just four days to raise much-needed funds for Christian Aid.

The stunt is part of the charity’s initiative to say ‘On Your Bike To Poverty’.

If all goes to plan, Pete will arrive in Paris in time to see the Tour De France making its final laps of the Champs Elysees.

Said Pete: “Spending more than 20 years of my life playing football, I’m no stranger to training and keeping fit. However, this is certainly my biggest challenge.

“I have a plan in place for doing five or six Sportives (cycle-racing events) that range from 70 to 100 miles before the London-to-Paris ride.

“With the first one pencilled in for next March, I certainly need to make sure I keep putting miles in the legs this winter.”

Pete, who took up cycling in his teens, has dusted off his 20-year-old Raleigh Flyer for the Christian Aid challenge.

He is also planning to pull on his old cycling jersey, which still fits — to his own self-confessed surprise!

He has also joined Heanor Clarion Cycling Club in Derbyshire to boost his training.

Pete’s personal target is to raise £1,300 from the ride. As part of his fundraising, he will be running various auctions on the website ebay, with proceeds going to Christian Aid.

He is also appealing for anyone who has items to donate to the auction to contact via

Alternatively, anyone who would like to donate money can log on at

OUR PHOTO shows Pete getting to grips with his training on his well-used Raleigh Flyer.