Blazing Saddles: Dunmow firemen in European charity ride
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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,
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“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.”
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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.