To Hell and Back has never been such a great trip

FOOTBALLING rivalries were set aside as soccer-loving cyclists saddled up for a charity bike ride.

Around 140 fundraisers took part in the To Hell and Back ride between Blackpool’s Bloomfield Road stadium and Preston North End’s Deepdale home.

The event kicked off at 8.30am as one group left Blackpool at the same time as another left Preston.

A midway stop-off at Dobbies Garden Centre in Clifton proved a welcome respite for the bikers.

Organiser Peter McShane said: “I have to say my legs are aching now but it was a smashing day.


“The Mayor of Blackpool and Bloomfield Bear turned up to show their support, it was high spirits all round.

“We met the Preston fans at Dobbies for a bit of banter on the way.

“The sight of so many Blackpool fans outside Deepdale certainly caused a stir.

“After beating Scunthorpe yesterday we are hoping we will get to meet Preston in the Championship next year.

“I’d like to give my sincere thanks to everybody who took part and supported the event, I hope we have raised a good amount.”

Participants paid a 10 entry fee to join in the fun. All the cash made is being split between Blackpool’s Brian House Children’s Hospice and Derian House Children’s Hospice in Chorley.