Born in Hitchin as Stevenage didn’t have maternity unit back in those days but raised in Bedwell Stevenage until leaving the town to join the Army aged 18.
As a child I would sneak into broadhall way to watch Stevenage Borough play and dreamt one day I could play on that pitch. In 1992 aged 23 and whilst still serving in the Army the great Paul Fairclough let me join their pre-season training and eventually signed me. I played one season before leaving the Army and turning professional playing for Scunthorpe, Preston North End and Scarborough. I re-signed for stevenage in 1996 and enjoyed playing a part in winning the conference title. I had many more wonderful times at the club including the infamous FA cup games against Newcastle United. I finished my playing career at Arlesey before embarking on a life in youth work, training and teaching. I now work within the construction industry for a wonderful stevenage based company and we are seeking to grow and grow into other areas.
I took up cycling just over 2 years ago after Steve Watkins invited me to join the London to Amsterdam charity ride raising money for prostate cancer.
Over the last 3 years I have been involved and in 2 cases helped organise charity events that have raised over 70k including a walk from Oxford to Stevenage in memory of Mitchell Cole and a gruelling bike ride from John O Groates to lands End for my old regiments own charity supporting the many injured in Afghanistan and the families of those killed including an old friend I’d served with.
This challenge however feels the most personal yet. The lister hospital looked after me when I was born prematurely. I had countless visits there mainly with sports injuries and 2 of my 4 children were born there.
I want this challenge to be embraced by all of Stevenage as we seek to furnish parts of the hospital with much needed equipment
I know there will be people who say well I pay my taxes for NHS etc etc but this is not a challenge for politics. This is a team of riders giving up hundreds of hours in training and 10 days in June to raise money for a local cause it’s that simple. I hope sincerely the town it’s businesses it’s council it’s football club it’s people rally behind us.
You know it makes sense 😉