Blazing Saddles: Dunmow firemen in European charity ride

PUBLISHED: 10:34 19 March 2015 | UPDATED: 10:34 19 March 2015

From left, Great Dunomw firefighters Michael Newlands, 23, and Darren Woodward, 40. They will be cycling from London to Amsterdam to raise money for prostate cancer.

From left, Great Dunomw firefighters Michael Newlands, 23, and Darren Woodward, 40. They will be cycling from London to Amsterdam to raise money for prostate cancer.

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Two Dunmow firefighters will be swapping blazes for bicycles when they ride from London to Amsterdam to raise money for prostate cancer.

After Darren Woodward’s father-in-law was diagnosed with the illness, the Willow Road resident was inspired to join the two-day, 145 mile challenge with The Football League.

“It becomes more personal when you know someone like this,” Darren, 40, told the Broadcast.

“It means a lot to my wife that I’m doing this. Her older sister has done a lot of fundraising, as well as the rest of the family, so it’s my turn now!”

Darren, who has also been looking for another challenge since he stopped playing football a few years ago, is teaming up with his 23-year-old colleague, Michael Newlands,

“Every year I try and set myself a challenge,” said Michael, who lives on Godfrey Way.

“Last year my challenge was cycling from London to Paris, and this year I’m cycling with Darren to Amsterdam.”

The pedalling pair obtained their road bikes through the Cycle to Work scheme, and are stepping up their training as the challenge approaches on June 12.

“Our target is £1,000 each, but we hope to raise much more,” added Michael.

The duo is also running a quiz night and raffle at Foakes Hall to help with their fundraising night, set to take place later in the year.

To donate, go to Justgiving.com/Michael-Newlands1 and Justgiving.com/Darren-Woodward1

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