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Paul Parker ready to ride to Amsterdam

FORMER R’s player Paul Parker is cycling 145 miles in aid of Prostate Cancer UK this weekend and fans can still show their support for him.

Starting his journey at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford on Friday morning, Parker will be joined by hundreds of football fans and a handful of ex professionals in cycling all the way to the Amsterdam Arena.

The Football-2-Amsterdam challenge – which Rangers’ Director of Football Les Ferdinand took part in in 2017 - raised more than £500,000 for charity last year and takes two days to complete.

Parker will cycle 80 miles to Harwich, on the Essex coast, on day one and after taking an overnight ferry to Holland he will cycle 65 miles on day two, from the Dutch coast to the capital city, concluding his ride at their national stadium.

The ex-England international cannot wait to get started. He said: “I’m really looking forward to the challenge. I’ve not done anything like this before but I’ve done some training; some cycling on the road and a few spin classes and I feel as ready as I’ll ever be.

“I’m sure I’ll have achy muscles and joints over the course of the weekend but this is all for a very important cause, so that is what I’ll be thinking of.

“Prostate cancer affects one in eight men in the UK and that stat worsens to one in four if you are a black man, which really brings things home. I’m looking forward to doing my bit for a fantastic charity and I’d like to thank everyone who has supported me so far.”

To support Paul’s fund-raising directly, click HERE.

This is all for a very important cause, so that is what I’ll be thinking of.

Paul Parker