Wheels in motion for PNE boss Simon Grayson’s charity challenge

Preston North End Manager Simon Grayson receives a new bike and accessories for his forthcoming Charity Bike Ride from Stephen White MD of JD Sports and Ultimate Outdoors at Deepdale Retail Park.   19th March 2015

Preston North End Manager Simon Grayson receives a new bike and accessories for his forthcoming Charity Bike Ride from Stephen White MD of JD Sports and Ultimate Outdoors at Deepdale Retail Park. 19th March 2015

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Preston North End boss Simon Grayson is hoping the weather continues to improve as he hits the roads on his charity challenge training.

The PNE manager was presented with a Trek bike and kit from Ultimate Outdoors Managing Director, Stephen White, ahead of his charity bike ride from London to Amsterdam in memory of good friend, Stephen Garbett.

And, after weeks sat on a static bike indoors, Simon now has all the gear to tackle Lancashire’s roads.

“Over the last month or so I’ve been training inside so it’s been a bit of shock to get out and about,” he said.

“You feel every divot and every bump in the road.

“My back has been aching a bit because you’re sat in a completely different position than when you’re on a static bike but, I can’t complain.

“It’s all for a good cause isn’t it?”

Simon is set to honour his late best friend, who passed away after a decade’s battle with prostate cancer in September last year, by cycling from Leyton Orient’s ground to Ajax’s Amsterdam ArenA over two days in aid of Prostate Cancer UK as part of the charity’s third annual event in June.

Stephen’s son, Dave will be riding beside him

“Hopefully the weather will pick up by then,” he said.

“It will be summer but you never know with the good old English weather.”

The bike ride is not the only charity event Simon has been involved in for the charity.

Last month he played in a all-stars football game in home town Bedale, North Yorkshire.

And on March 30 he will host a fans’ forum in the Invincibles Lounge at Deepdale, which will be a chance for North End supporters to quiz him and his staff, as well as some well-known former PNE players.

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