An Audit Nationwide team member has cycled over 500 miles across five countries to raise money for two charities!
Ryan Tout completed the epic bike ride from Havant to Dortmund, Germany with three members of his Sunday league football team, AFC Prospect Farm Rangers, as a fundraising event for their club’s two charities; The Grassroots Trust and The Alzheimer’s Society.
“The Alzheimer’s Society is important to us as a lot of our team have family members that have been affected by Alzheimer’s” said Ryan, Grassroots help underprivileged children in countries like Tanzania, India and Kenya and run child sponsorship programmes.
The team trained for over three months for the 500-mile journey, starting with a weekly bike ride, which soon became 25 to 60 mile bike rides three times a week. Despite their intensive training, they were still overwhelmed by the tremendous journey that lay ahead.
“The 135 mile ride from Havant to Dover was a real struggle” said Ryan, “Once we passed Hastings, it became far more hilly than any of us were expecting, which really took it’s toll on us and we only just made it to Dover in time!”
From there, the team took the ferry to Dunkirk, France and continued their journey, which took them through France, Belgium, The Netherlands, and finally through to Germany. The team faced a number of challenges on the way, including bike problems such as broken bike pumps, poor weather conditions and constant satellite navigation issues; “Our Sat Nav kept sending us in the wrong direction and we got lost on a few occasions! I’ve no doubt we did far more than 500 miles because of this!” laughed Ryan.
Despite these challenges, the team managed to complete the journey within four days, crossing the finish line at Borussia Dortmund’s home stadium, the Westfalenstadion – the team which inspired the AFC Prospect Farm Rangers’ club crest and kit.
“Arriving at the Westfalenstadion was amazing, and the sense of achievement was overwhelming!” said Ryan. The team toured the stadium, before travelling back to the UK — this time by train.
“It was a fantastic experience and I’m so glad we were able to do this for two great causes!” said Ryan.
Well done, Ryan!
If you would like to make a donation, please visit: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/jon-crowley-3
For more information about the club’s two charities, please visit:
The Alzheimer’s Society: https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/
The Grassroots Trust: https://www.grassroots.org.uk/