Four Bury cyclists have been welcomed home after a gruelling 600km bike ride through Belgium and Holland in memory of Bury Town FC stalwart Garry Barker.
Brothers Thomas and Craig Barker and schoolfriends Liam Grant and Michael Wilson were cheered by family and friends as they rode to Ram Meadow this afternoon after saddling up and setting off on Thursday July 28.
The team were raising money in memory of Thomas and Craig’s dad Garry Barker who died last year aged 60 after being diagnosed with bile duct cancer just months before.
Garry was a trailblazer for youth football at Bury Town FC, running the youth team for more than a decade as well as being a member of the club’s board of directors.
So far the team have raised £3,685 for AMMF, the only charity in the UK focusing on bile duct cancer, smashing their original target of £1,000.
“It was a challenging ride but mostly quite flat,” said Thomas. “The hardest bit was coming back here and being reminded of hills but the scenery made up for it and the support we’ve had as well.”
Thomas said they had been lucky with punctures on their trip to Europe. “In one training session beforehand we had three punctures. “Over the journey we had four but two of them today.
“We had started off looking to raise £1,000 at first but pushed it to £2,000. “We have been seeing the money trickling in from people we haven’t spoken or seen in a long time and lots of people we don’t know at all. “We have been overwhelmed by the public’s generosity.”
To donate to their fund-raising bike challenge please visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/bikingforbarker.