Marathon journey for football fans

VIDEO Charity road trippers are today making good time in their bid to set a possible world record by visiting 138 football stadiums in 138 hours.The squad of football nuts stopped at Ipswich Town's Portman Road yesterday - the 28th ground they had been to during the first 34 hours of their epic journey.

CHARITY road trippers are today making good time in their bid to set a possible world record by visiting 138 football stadiums in 138 hours.

The squad of football nuts stopped at Ipswich Town's Portman Road yesterday - the 28th ground they had been to during the first 34 hours of their epic journey.

Needing to navigate the country at an average of one stadium every hour, the group were in high spirits that they could conquer the challenge as they aim to raise £50,000 for two bowel cancer charities.

Sam Broadley, co-organiser of the Done The Lot tour, which is aid of the Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research UK and The Royal Marsden Cancer Hospital, said the trip had gone smoothly so far.

He said: “It has not been too bad so far, but we are in a right state. It has all been up beat, before the novelty wears off!

“We started in Wales and did the south coast where there are some big distances between the clubs. But there are lots of clusters of clubs where we can make up time.”

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The group, travelling in a mini-bus, were met by friends and family outside Portman Road at 10am yesterday, having travelled 1126 miles - around a third of the total distance.

And the team, who have already broken a Guinness World Record four years ago for the longest football tour, were confident they could set another one.

Mr Broadley's mother, Liz, said: “I am so proud of them. It is typical of the boys that they are doing something mad.”

One of the group, Nick Keher, has more reason than anyone for wanting to be on board after he was successfully treated at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London when he suffered from bowel cancer.

He said: “I was very lucky. It is a brilliant hospital and that's why we are doing all we can. I only have good emotions for the Royal Marsden Hospital.”

People are being invited to a special celebration party at Martlesham Leisure Centre on Saturday, May 3, at 7.30pm to help raise funds for the challenge. Tickets are available from the centre or by calling 01473 624707.

If you would like to sponsor the Done The Lot tour or get more information, please visit www.donethelot.com and follow the link for 'donate' or call Sam Broadley on 07793108382.

Send a message to the team. Write to: Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk>

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