Burnley mates cycling to Arsenal v Clarets match

ON THEIR BIKES: Garreth Ellidge, James Capstick, Peter Baker and Dominic Marquis

ON THEIR BIKES: Garreth Ellidge, James Capstick, Peter Baker and Dominic Marquis

First published in News

TWO Burnley fans are hoping for an early victory against Arsenal as they race two Gunners supporters from Turf Moor to the Emirates for charity.

Claret fans Dominic Marquis and Peter Baker challenged Arsenal supporters Garreth Ellidge and Jimmy Capstick to the 250-mile tandem bike race which began yesterday.

All four men, who are Burnley born and bred and have been friends since they were teenagers, are hoping to make it down to Arsenal’s home ground in time for the Burnley v Arsenal clash on Saturday at 1pm.

It was Garreth and Jimmy who first decided to cycle down to the Emirates fundraise for Arsenal’s chosen charity, Great Ormond Street Hospital.

But when their friends Dominic and Peter heard, they decided to turn it into a challenge against the Arsenal pair.

Admin worker Peter, 26, said: “I’ve never done anything like this before.

"It will be a real challenge but we are all determined to finish.

“We are hoping to raise at least £2,000 and so far it looks like we could raise a lot more.

“The pain we will be going through nothing compared to what those children have to endure.

“The first day will be particularly challenging as we have to cycle 119 miles, we just have to try and pace ourselves so we don’t start flagging after 30 miles.

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“I think that we will be going for a sprint finish though to beat the other two to the finish line.

"Me and Dominic are really hoping that Burnley will have their first away win of the premiership at the Emirates, that would be fantastic.

The four set off on two tandem bikes from outside Turf Moor at 8am yesterday.

They will be cycling to Manchester, Stoke, through Tamworth, past Milton Keynes down into London.

Anyone who wishes to donate money can do so by visiting http://www.just giving.com/garreth-ellidge

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12:10pm Fri 5 Mar 10

philipmorris says...

Very commendable work for charity.
But are our away coaches that grotty, judging from the ones we used at the Blackburn game, that its neccessary to go to these extreme lengths ?

Why dont you ask Brian Jensen along for the fun Im told is very good at bending his back ;-)
Ossy Claret
Very commendable work for charity. But are our away coaches that grotty, judging from the ones we used at the Blackburn game, that its neccessary to go to these extreme lengths ? Why dont you ask Brian Jensen along for the fun Im told is very good at bending his back ;-) Ossy Claret philipmorris
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1:52pm Fri 5 Mar 10

Mike Costa says...

Mike Costa says:

If they're really lucky they will get there after the game has finished.
Mike Costa says: If they're really lucky they will get there after the game has finished. Mike Costa
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2:54pm Fri 5 Mar 10

philipmorris says...

Its not only Brian Jensen whos good at bedong his back.
Well knwn former manager of Burnleys was good at that as well.
This is common knwledge in the Manchester you know what community and its orivate bars, REALLY, HONESTLY.
Ossy Claret
Its not only Brian Jensen whos good at bedong his back. Well knwn former manager of Burnleys was good at that as well. This is common knwledge in the Manchester you know what community and its orivate bars, REALLY, HONESTLY. Ossy Claret philipmorris
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2:55pm Fri 5 Mar 10

philipmorris says...

Its not only Brian Jensen whos good at bedong his back.
Well knwn former manager of Burnleys was good at that as well.
This is common knwledge in the Manchester you know what community and its orivate bars, REALLY, HONESTLY.
Ossy Claret
Its not only Brian Jensen whos good at bedong his back. Well knwn former manager of Burnleys was good at that as well. This is common knwledge in the Manchester you know what community and its orivate bars, REALLY, HONESTLY. Ossy Claret philipmorris
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2:55pm Fri 5 Mar 10

philipmorris says...

Its not only Brian Jensen whos good at bedong his back.
Well knwn former manager of Burnleys was good at that as well.
This is common knwledge in the Manchester you know what community and its orivate bars, REALLY, HONESTLY.
Ossy Claret
Its not only Brian Jensen whos good at bedong his back. Well knwn former manager of Burnleys was good at that as well. This is common knwledge in the Manchester you know what community and its orivate bars, REALLY, HONESTLY. Ossy Claret philipmorris
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2:55pm Fri 5 Mar 10

philipmorris says...

Its not only Brian Jensen whose good at bedong his back.
Well knwn former manager of Burnleys was good at that as well.
This is common knwledge in the Manchester you know what community and its orivate bars, REALLY, HONESTLY.
Ossy Claret
Its not only Brian Jensen whose good at bedong his back. Well knwn former manager of Burnleys was good at that as well. This is common knwledge in the Manchester you know what community and its orivate bars, REALLY, HONESTLY. Ossy Claret philipmorris
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