A TEAM of cyclists who have completed a 300-mile sponsored ride in three days are relishing the prospect of embarking upon the marathon again next year.
One of the objectives of taking part in the challenge, which has raised valuable funds for Stoke City's Community Trust and Rangers' Charity Foundation, was to establish this as an annual event in the future and the success of this inaugural ride has achieved that aim.
City's Head of Community Adrian Hurst stated that he had "loved every minute" of the experience after completing the ride on Friday afternoon and he is already thinking about following it up with another fund-raising bike ride in twelve months time.
The 20 cyclists were expected to receive a heroes welcome at Ibrox at lunchtime when they rode into a packed stadium where Rangers will be celebrating their Third Division title success ahead of them taking on Berwick Rangers in their final match of the season.
Likewise, they will be given a similar reception when they cycle into City's 150th Anniversary match against Tottenham Hotspur at the Britannia Stadium in eight days time.
The sponsored bike ride has been the brainchild of two work colleagues at Stoke Citroen, James Bertram and Gordon Walker; one a Potters supporter, the other a fan of the Scottish club.
Therefore, the money that is raised from their exploits will go to the community schemes of both clubs and therefore support important initiatives undertaken by them.
The organisations who have already pledged their support for the bike ride are: Evans Halshaw, Citroen UK, The Co-operative Group, Menzies Hotels, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Swinnerton Cycles, PREM Management and the Premier League Support.
For those who wish to sponsor the cyclists, you can do so by clicking HERE