Marathon Premier League bike ride to help children’s hospice

A FORMER professional footballer whose partner’s teenage son has a devastating muscle-wasting disease will put his best wheel forward by attempting to cycle between each of the UK’s 20 Premier League football clubs, plus the clubs he played for, to raise funds for charities fighting the condition and supporting those affected.

Connor Lancaster, 12, has Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a rare condition affecting just 1,500 people in the UK, which causes muscles throughout the body to weaken and waste over time leading to increasing disability.

Steve Moran, 51, whose football career spanned time at Southampton, Leicester City, Reading, Exeter City and Hull City, is determined to boost funds for charities supporting Connor and fighting Duchenne.

These charities include Martin House Hospice, where Connor and his family receive respite care, the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign, Action Duchenne, and the Connor Lancaster Trust.

Steve, who describes himself as a “very unlikely hero”, will be kicking off his epic challenge on Sunday, departing from Martin House Hospice, in Clifford, near Boston Spa, and plans to complete it with a final pedal push into Hull City’s KC Stadium for the home game against Nottingham Forest on Saturday, April 21.

He will be taking in 26 stadia and cycling 1,400 miles in 21 days.

Steve is appealing for keen cyclists to join him for each stretch of his journey to help keep him motivated during the gruelling ride, and for generous Yorkshire businesses to back his challenge.

Steve, who lives in Market Weighton, said: “I am a very unlikely hero – I’m slightly overweight with high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, Atrial Fibrillation and high cholesterol – I’m hardly Olympic material. However, this cause is extremely close to my heart. Living with Duchenne means that Connor will face many physical and mental challenges himself in the years ahead. I want to do everything I can to support him.

“If I can get on my bike and straddle a saddle, then so can you!”

Alison Wragg, community fundraiser for Martin House said: “Steve has set himself a tremendous personal challenge and everyone at Martin House wishes every success.

“If you would like to back Steve by joining him for a stretch of the journey or by sponsoring him to complete his challenge do please get in touch. To support Steve and for more information visit www.premiershippedalathon.co.uk.”