17 cyclists begin long journey
THE Tri-Albion Challenge 2015 has officially kicked-off, with a group of 17 cyclists beginning their journey from St Mary’s Stadium, Southampton, in a quest to cycle 156 miles in three days to The Hawthorns.
Notable cyclists include Albion legend Brendon Batson OBE, blind Paralympic Footballer Darren Harris, Foundation Ambassador ‘Blind Dave’ Heeley and The Baggies’ Sales and Marketing Director, Adrian Wright.
Day one of the ride will see the group navigate through the streets of Southampton and work their way up to Swindon. They will then travel up to Evesham before a relatively “short” 20 miles on the final day to The Hawthorns.
The Tri-Albion Challenge, sponsored by Pertemps Recruitment and Bache Group, will consist of three linked challenges over the course of 2015, all of which will raise funds for the Foundation.
Following this, an Albion team of blind footballers will visit every school in Sandwell (119 schools) in just five days, to raise the profile of disability sport and the work of the Foundation.
‘Blind Dave’ Heeley will then be the first blind man to run the Marathon De Sables – 150+ miles over six days across the searing heat of the Sahara Desert, carrying all supplies during that time on his back.
The Albion Foundation and Mobile Phones Direct (MPD) have teamed up to offer one lucky donor the chance to win an iPhone 6. To be in with a chance of winning, text “TRIA15 £3” to 70070 to donate £3.00. One lucky donor will then be chosen at random to win the phone.
“This is a huge year for the Foundation,” said Rob Lake, Director of The Albion Foundation.
“Our disability programme is getting bigger and better, reaching more people playing sports such as Blind football and Powerchair football.
“The more people we reach the higher the cost however as Powerchair’s in particular cost around £4,000 each.
“After the success of last year’s walk from Liverpool to The Hawthorns, we are looking to surpass last year with the Tri Albion Challenge in 2015.”