Cyclist gearing up for 244-mile charity ride

Relishing the challenge
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HARTLEPOOL United will be represented by a keen cyclist during an epic challenge.

Andy Mason will cycle the 244 miles from Wembley Stadium, in London, to the Arc de Triomphe monument, in Paris, in aid of national charity Help the Hospices.

He will be representing the club in the Football League’s Arch to Arc challenge, which is due to take place over four days later this month.

Andy, 47, took up the baton after being tipped off about the challenge by his next-door neighbour Russ Green, the club’s chief executive.

He is flying the flag for Pools during the epic trip and is appealing for sponsorship.

The maintenance engineer, married to Mandy, 48, and dad to Sophie, 20, will embark on the trek on Thursday, June 14.

The keen cyclist has lived next door to Russ for more than 20 years and when they got chatting about the bike ride to raise money for the Football League’s official charity for 2011-12 it was something he was interested in.

Andy, who lives in South Elmsall, in West Yorkshire, said: “It’s such a good cause.

“I think everyone has been touched in some way by the wonderful work hospices up and down the country do.

“So to be able to do my bit for the charity but also have a great deal of fun and challenge myself at the same time is just perfect, so I can’t wait.”

Each of the 72 Football League clubs has been twinned with a hospice in its local area and the partnership aims to raise vital funds during this season.

To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/andrew-mason65 or text HUFC99 to 70070.