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Brendon Batson: The man is a machine

27 February 2015

The club legend brings us an update from The Tri Albion Challenge

I’m getting into this now!


After the disastrous weather we had yesterday it was a relief when we awoke to blue skies this morning. 


Our second day began in Swindon and we were up early in an effort to get to Evesham before dark - a feat we were unable to achieve yesterday.


The camaraderie among the team is growing stronger by the minute and it reminds me a lot of the dressing room atmosphere I experienced in my playing days.


The banter flying round amongst the riders is relentless and not a single misdemeanour has gone unnoticed. 


We had a few problems with our Garmin navigators yesterday and what was a frustration during the ride quickly turned to a source of amusement in the evening. 


Today went to plan and I’d like to personally thank the support team who are making this ride possible. 


The staff from The Albion Foundation are incredibly dedicated to their roles and their determination to raise funds for the charity they represent is touching. 


I’ll be sad when the ride is over and I’m hoping to join up with the Foundation’s blind football team one of the days next week when they walk to every school in Sandwell - what will be the second leg of The Tri Albion Challenge. 


On that note, I’ve got to say a few words about my friend ‘Blind Dave’ Heeley. 


The man is a machine. 


He routinely puts his body on the line to raise money for charity and just spending time with him is a hugely humbling experience. 


The third leg of the Tri Albion Challenge will see Dave take on the Marathon De Sables, alongside his guide Tony Ellis, in April. 


The 153-mile run across the Sahara Desert in blistering heat has to be his craziest idea to date. 


You know it’s probably taking it a step too far when the great Sir Ranulph Fiennes signs up.


Tomorrow we’ll be arriving at The Hawthorns and I’m sure you will all give my fellow riders a warm welcome when they are on the pitch at half-time.


The reason we have all put our bodies through this gruelling challenge is to help raise funds for The Albion Foundation. 


I’ve seen the work the charity does first hand and it would be greatly appreciated if you could make a donation.


Big or small, we really are thankful for all the money we are raising to help The Albion Foundation change the lives of local people with disabilities. 


Please text ‘TRIA15 £3’ to 70070 to make a £3 donation. Simply change that amount to a higher or lower figure as you see fit.


.JustGivingAlternatively, you can make a donation via


Bye for now,


Brendon. 




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