Beccles football coaches prepare for final days of Premier League cycling challenge

Mark O'Donnell and Robert Crisp at Liverpool FC. Mark O'Donnell and Robert Crisp at Liverpool FC.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014
10:17 AM

Two Beccles football coaches are more than half way through their 1,100-mile Premier League cycling challenge, and will be racing against the clock to finish at Carrow Road on Sunday in time for Norwich City’s last game of the season.

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Mark O’Donnell and Robert Crisp began their challenge at Wembley Stadium last Thursday, and have already visited all six London clubs, along with Southampton, Cardiff, Swansea, West Brom, Aston Villa, Stoke City, Manchester United, Manchester City, Everton and Liverpool.

The men, who run Beccles Caxton Football Club’s Under-19s team, are raising money towards the £40,000 floodlights needed for their pitch, and have been overwhelmed by the support they have received along the route.

Mr O’Donnell said: “We’ve had a good welcome at the clubs we have visited and have been taken around several of the stadiums.

“We are starting to really ache but we have had some good weather which has helped keep us going and the support from everyone has really lifted our spirits.”

The men are now on their way to Sunderland and Newcastle, before heading south to Hull and then Norwich for the Canaries’ game against Arsenal.

Caxton Football Club has its own pitch, stand and changing rooms but the floodlights are needed to allow Mr O’Donnell and Mr Crisp to start up an Under-18s team next season, which would play in a midweek league in the evenings.

Both men have been documenting their trip on their Facebook pages and anyone who would like to donate can drop into Beccles Caxton Club in Gaol Lane, or contact Mr O’Donnell on 07919373110.

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