Elland Road welcomes #SpeedCycle group

Elland Road welcomes #SpeedCycle group

Supporters taking part in cycle challenge in memory of Gary Speed arrive at Elland Road.

The group of football supporters taking on ’The Speed Cycle’ in memory of former Leeds United midfielder Gary Speed arrived at Elland Road earlier today as part of their gruelling cycle challenge.

The fundraising event, being organised by Everton Football Club and Everton in the Community, started on Friday afternoon and will see the participants visit each of the Welsh international's former clubs across the weekend.

Starting at Newcastle United’s St James’ Park, the cyclists then headed to the home of Leeds United before going to Sheffield United’s Bramall Lane, they will then travel to Bolton’s University of Bolton Stadium before making their way home to Everton’s Goodison Park.

The target for The Speed Cycle challenge, which will see them cover a total of 230 miles, 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.

For more information on The Speed Cycle, click here. Or if you are able to donate to the fundraising challenge, click here.