A group of York City fans will embark on a charity bike ride for their League Two fixture against Northampton Town on Saturday 21st February. The group of 12 Minstermen fans will be carrying out the feat for the British Heart Foundation in memory of Northampton supporter David Henderson who sadly passed away following a heart attack after last seasons fixture.

Departing from Bootham Crescent on Thursday 19th February and cycling the 150 miles to Sixfields Stadium, home of the Cobblers, the group plan to arrive in time for kick-off on 21st February and for some of them the training has already begun in earnest. Chief organiser Ian Jones said that he has dug his old school bike out from the back of the garage and has well over 70 miles completed. The event has been backed by York goalkeeper Michael Ingham and York City Football Club are also helping the group with publicity and kit for the journey.

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Also joining Jones are Dan Waterworth, Ben Nicholson, Adam Livingston, Tom Poole, Joe Fletcher, Craig Atkin, Oli Stone, Chris Taylor, Ash Taylor, Nathan Brigham and James Patterson. All participants are renowned for travelling the length of the country to support City but not normally by bike! Chris Taylor has completed a London to Paris cycle ride before and is currently sat at home with his feet up according to Jones!

Ian decided to set up the fundraiser after witnessing the tragic events at the end of the game last season and said “We all have our stories of how we have been influenced into the game or any sport, usually it comes from a family member taking us to our first game and the addiction begins. My dad has played a huge part in my love for my club and the game, and it only felt right to do something in honour and memory of Mr Henderson.

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A JustGiving donations page has been set up at https://www.justgiving.com/Ride2Northampton/ and hope to raise over £1000, the campaign has been going well and since opening the page just over three weeks ago, they have in excess of £500.

Please football fans around the country, give what you can to this great cause, that is looking to raise as much as it can in Mr Henderson’s memory.

The group will also be tweeting updates throughout their fundraising campaign with latest news from @ycfc_2_ntfc

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Give it a follow and help spread the word for this truly wonderful effort.

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