Seven cyclists are taking on a 140-mile bank holiday challenge on 30 and 31 May riding from Bristol to Loughborough in memory of their friend Eddie Gregg, who died of leukaemia.
Marking the 10th anniversary of Eddie’s death, the group are raising funds to help Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research beat blood cancers.
Eddie, from Oldland Common, Bristol, was a talented footballer who played for Loughborough University. After graduating, Eddie worked as a PE teacher at the Ridings’ High School but was diagnosed with leukaemia in April 2000 and sadly died four months later in August, when he was 24.
The group includes Tony Strudwick, fitness coach for Manchester United’s 1st team, Chris Jones, fitness coach at Chelsea; and ex-professional footballers Tom Curtis (Portsmouth, Chesterfield, Notts County, Chester City, Mansfield Town), Lee Margerison (Bradford City), Liam Kane (Leicester City), Joe Whibley (Peterborough United) and Chris Kerr (Chesterfield).
The group, who met Eddie at Loughborough University, and played together for the University’s football team, will start at Ashton Court Estate in Eddie’s hometown on Sunday at 9.30am, take part in the Bristol Bikeathon then cycle to Loughborough University in Eddie’s memory. The 140-mile cycle will take two days to complete.
Lee Margerison, Eddie’s close friend, says: “ Eddie had a real zest for life and a fantastic personality. He had a real passion and talent for sport, which inspired him to study, train and qualify as a Physical Education teacher.
"It was this passion for sport that brought us all together at Loughborough and we thought cycling would be the ideal way to remember Eddie.
“Leukaemia took Eddie’s life at such a tender age and we’re determined to raise as much money as possible to continue funding research. We know that money we raise will help individuals in the future to beat blood cancers."
During the cycle, essential support will be provided by friends, family members and Eddie's father Alan, who said: "It is a great sense of support to know that the lads have such fond memories of Eddie."
After completing their cycling challenge, the group will continue fundraising for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research by taking part in Loughborough University’s Alumni 5-a-side football tournament on 12 June. Please support the group and give generously at www.justgiving.com/eddiegregg