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Stags set for gruelling cycle challenge

5 June 2014

Three representatives from Mansfield Town Football Club are bracing themselves for a gruelling cycle ride from London to Amsterdam starting tomorrow morning, in aid of charity

Stags’ head of media & communications Mark Stevenson, club mascot Doug Carroll (better known as Sammy the Stag) and Stephen Radford, brother of chairman John Radford, are taking part in the 150-mile cycle ride.

Departing Leyton Orient’s Matchroom Stadium tomorrow morning and heading through the rural Suffolk countryside to Harwich, the three-man team will then catch an overnight ferry to the Netherlands.

On Saturday, they will ride a further 60 miles to the Amsterdam Arena, home of four-time European Cup winners AFC Ajax, before returning home the following day.

The Football League has invited all 92 member clubs to take part in a bike ride between London and Amsterdam, in an effort to raise funds for Cancer Research UK.

Stags’ head of media & communications Mark Stevenson said: “We all consider it an honour to represent the club in this cycle challenge to help raise both the profile and the funds of Prostate Cancer UK.

“Having worked closely with the charity in the last few months, I have been hugely impressed by the work which they do to help others.

“In conjunction with every other club in the Football League taking part, we’re expecting to raise around £150,000 for Prostate Cancer UK.

“We’re incredibly grateful to those who have sponsored us,” he added.

Ben Hutchinson has withdrawn from participating due to personal circumstances whilst scoreboard operator Stuart Eggleshaw has been told by doctors not to take part after suffering a broken rib yesterday in a road accident.

You can sponsor the team by heading to  

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