29th May 2019, 12:47 | Hull

Hull FC Foundation Staff To Complete Ride To Wembley

Hull FC Foundation Staff To Complete Ride To Wembley

Ten members of staff at the Hull FC Foundation staff will take on a gruelling 406 mile bicycle ride to Wembley Stadium ahead of the 2019 Coral Challenge Cup Final. 

Beginning in Hull at the KCOM Stadium on Monday 19th August, the Foundation team will touch base at the home ground of every English-based Super League club whilst making their way to Wembley, where they plan to arrive on the afternoon of Friday 23rd August, a day before the cup final.

Money raised for the charity bike ride to the nation's capital will be split - 50% will be given to the Soldiers League Charity and the remaining 50% will be go towards the Hull FC Foundation to help the continuation successful projects in the community, such as wheelchair rugby, 'Old Faithful' and the Future Players Programme. 

The Hull FC Foundation are aiming to raise £5,000 to help these two beneficiaries. 

The Black & Whites are still in contention to make it to Wembley and perhaps win this year's Coral Challenge Cup, and Lee Radford's side will take on current holders Catalans Dragons at the KCOM Stadium in the quarter-final stages on Thursday night.

Amongst the members of Hull FC Foundation staff taking part in the Ride to Wembley will be 55-year-old club legend Lee Crooks, who has already begun training for the five-day challenge. 

"I'm looking forward to getting on the bike in August, but I'm sure it will feel like I am in a world of pain when it comes around to it," Hall of Fame member Crooks told hullfc.com.

"I have already been on the gym a few times in the past few days, and we were down at the training ground using the facilities there recently to help get us in tip-top shape.

"None of us are underestimating this challenge and I think most of us are pretty nervous about it because it is going to be one hell of a slog!" 

The charity bicycle ride will get underway in East Yorkshire, before the Foundation team make their way over to West Yorkshire, over the Pennines towards Lancashire and then south for London.