The Speed Cycle will cover 230 miles, taking place from Friday 31st May to Sunday 2nd June in memory of Gary Speed
A group of football supporters will take on ’The Speed Cycle’ this weekend, a cycling challenge in memory of former Leeds United midfielder Gary Speed.
The fundraising event is being organised by Everton Football Club and Everton in the Community and has been backed and endorsed by Gary’s parents Carol and Roger. The Speed Cycle will involve a visit to each of the Welsh international’s former clubs, starting from Friday 31st May to Sunday 2nd June.
Starting at Newcastle United’s St James’ Park, the cycle challenge will then travel to the home of Leeds United Elland Road, on to Sheffield United’s Bramall Lane and Bolton’s University of Bolton Stadium before making its way to Everton’s Goodison Park.
The target for The Speed Cycle challenge, which will cover 230 miles including taking on the hills of Yorkshire and Lancashire, has been set at £65,000 – representing the 65 times Gary played for Everton during a glittering playing career. The first donation towards that fundraising target was made by Gary’s parents, Roger and Carol, from the Gary Speed Foundation - a charity that was founded in Gary’s memory following his tragic suicide in 2011.
All money raised from The Speed Cycle will go towards helping the official charity for Everton Football Club reach its £1m fundraising target to build The People’s Place, a purpose-built mental health facility that will be located close to Goodison Park and support anyone in their time of need.
Speaking ahead of the launch of The Speed Cycle, Carol Speed, Gary’s mother, said: “We are looking forward to working with Everton in the Community over the coming months and making the Speed Cycle a real success in Gary’s memory. We hope that everyone gets behind the challenge so we can raise as much as possible for The People’s Place.”