Norman Lamb, home from cycling leg, urges fans to back Gossy’s Back to Bayern challenge
Marathon cyclist Norman Lamb has urged Norwich City fans to think of the joy former player Jeremy Goss has given them over the years and pledge cash for his Back to Bayern charity challenge.
Mr Lamb, MP for North Norfolk, was speaking back in Norwich this morning after riding as far as Arnhem, in Holland, with Mr Goss, who is on a 13-day ride to raise cash for the Norfolk and Norwich Association for the Blind (NNAB).
His 1,300-mile feat will take him back to the stadium where his wonder goal against Bayern Munich dumped the German giants out of the 1993-1994 UEFA Cup.
Mr Lamb's effort has raised at least �2,000 apiece for the NNAB, the Benjamin Foundation, plus about �1,000 for Wells Hospital and between �200 and �300 for the Wells Harbour Maritime Trust.
He said just taking part for two days had been gruelling and had made him acutely aware of the 'huge challenge' Mr Goss had under taken.
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'It's a heroic effort in my view,' said Mr Lamb. 'I really want Norfolk to get behind him and make a difference. He's given us a lot of pleasure as a sportsman and this is a very good cause. That goal is indelibly imprinted on most supporters' minds. If every one of them donated �5 or �10 it would make a massive difference to the amount he raises.'
Mr Lamb and cycling partner Mike Talbot, an ITV producer, were among those setting off with 'Gossy' from Norwich Cathedral last Wednesday in baking temperatures.
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They pedalled 60 miles to Harwich and caught a ferry across to the Hook of Holland where Mr Lamb and fellow fund-raiser Mr Talbot cycled a further 107 miles the following day, reaching Arnhem in pouring rain.
The pair drove about 60 miles into Germany the next day to meet up with Mr Goss, 46, and wish him well for the rest of his feat.
'He had had frustrations getting across Holland but he's a very, very determined character and he bounces back from adversity,' said Mr Lamb, 53.
He had also heard this morning from Mr Goss who said he was making good progress and cycling over 100 miles each day.
* Mr Goss is writing a daily diary of his progress on www.edp24.co.uk, and on the NNAB's website, www.nnab.org.uk, where donations can also be made.