Whatever happened to the Lycra Lads?

Andy Smith (Aylesford Bulls President), Kev Burbidge (former Bulls Chairman), John Gledhill (Bulls VP) and ‘Bobby’ Gledhill (John’s wife) ably supported by Steve Campbell (driver, first aider and responsible adult) aim to pedal from the Irish Sea to the North Sea.

Starting their trek at St Bees in Cumbria they will travel through the Lake District, across the Dales and North Yorkshire moors, finishing at Robin Hood’s Bay. This is over 170 hilly miles – more if they get lost!

The riders will set off on Monday, 4th September and should finish in time to get to the 1st team game on Saturday, 8th September.

None of them are in the first flush of youth but they hope to have fun, burn some calories and sink a few pints whilst raising money for ROPE – a great charity which works with the poor in developing countries. Our intrepid bikers hope to raise money for a range of small scale development projects: including bikes for agricultural trainers in Uganda, educational materials for partially sighted kids in Mongolia, educational projects in Chad and occupational training for former sex-workers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.


All the money donated will go to the needy as a separate charity ‘Friends of Rope’ meets the administration costs.

You can sponsor Andy, Kev, John and Bobby through their Virgin Money Giving page (link below). Virgin Money Giving is a not for profit organisation and will claim gift aid on the charity’s behalf where the donor is eligible for this.

We really appreciate all your support and thank you for any donations.


Andy has promised a pint to every donor from the club!

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