SEASIDERS fans have called on pedal power after shunning coaches, cars and trains to travel hundreds of miles on their trusty bicycles.
It’s an unusual way of travelling to a Premier League away game, but Mike Glennon has hopped in the saddle and is cycling to Fulham in aid of Blackpool FC’s stricken youth team coach Gary Parkinson.
Mr Parkinson has locked-in syndrome after suffering a massive stroke last year, and Mr Glennon – alongside brothers Ben and Jamie Cross – is pedalling to raise awareness and funds.
Mr Glennon, 38, from Marton, said: “We wanted a challenge and when we heard about Gary Parkinson’s condition we hit upon the idea of cycling to an away game.
“We’ve not set a fundraising target and it’s not just about raising cash. It’s about raising awareness and showing we’ve not forgotten about Gary and we’re still thinking about him.”
The intrepid team – accompanied by support driver Paul Sherwood – are tackling 65 miles a day on their four-day journey to the capital.
Despite training since Christmas, Mr Glennon, who works for Blackpool Council, admits he is facing quite a challenge.
He said: “For me and Ben it’s been a challenge training, but Jamie is an amateur cyclist now so he’s the expert in our group.
“We’ve been doing very short rides in the evenings and a big ride at the weekend – we’re confident we can do 65 miles in a day, but it’s whether we can do it four days back to back. We’re in the away end on Sunday and we’ll be the ones walking funny!”
The trio are planning to celebrate their cycling success – and raise more money for Mr Parkinson – by supping a ‘Pint for Parky’ in the Prince of Wales pub, Victoria, on Sunday.
Mr Glennon added: “We’ve liaised with Blackpool Association of Supporters in London and we’ve arranged to go to the Prince of Wales pub.
“Anybody can buy a pint for Parky and they will put the money in a bucket.”
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