18-hour bikeathon is a great success

Young supporters at the Bikeathon fundraiser.
Young supporters at the Bikeathon fundraiser.

Staff and players from United in the Community, Centre of Excellence and Boston United Community Football Club raised more than £2,000 when successfully completing an 18-hour static bikeathon challenge.

The 986-mile challenge covered the distance from Lands End to John O’Groats and proved a great success.

Players from the Centre of Excellence and Boston United CFC raised £1,129.50, which will go towards funding their respective youth schemes.

United in the Community staff that took part have raised £895 for the Macmillan Cancer Support charity so far.

Lewis Thorogood, who helped organise the event, said: “We would like to thank everyone who got involved and to everyone who has donated so far.

“We’d also like to thank TruGym, Jamie Gordon, Kirton Middlecott Sport & Fitness Centre and Creations of Boston who all kindly allowed us to borrow bikes for the event.

“Everyone really got stuck in and it was a fantastic effort from everyone.

“We managed to get there and back in 17 hours so we hit our target and then some.”

Head of youth Steve Welsh said: “It was a huge commitment, not only to give up their time but also to those who helped the next day at the first team game against Gainsborough Trinity on very little or no sleep.”

Sam Jackson, administrator for United in the Community, said: “It was a great event and it was fantastic to see so many people getting involved.

“Even parents of the players stayed to help give moral support.

“There was a great atmosphere which helped us to smash our target.”

Donations are still being welcomed. You can donate to the Centre of Excellence and BUCFC schemes at The Jakeman’s Stadium, or to donate to United in the Community’s Just Giving page for Macmillan Cancer Support: https://www.justgiving.com/Boston-United-Bikeathon-Staff-Chal