While most people supporters will be getting on the coach, hitching a lift with a friend or jumping on the train to an away fixture this season, MKDSA Secretary Adam Faiers will have a very different way of getting to games.
A season ticket holder at stadiummk and a regular at MK Dons away games, Adam has decided to take on the incredible challenge of cycling to every single away match this year.
Under the banner of "Get SET 1000" he is aiming to cycle to 25 matches, during which he is likely to travel around 2000 miles. This includes 200 miles trips to Carlisle United on Saturday 23rd February and Hartlepool United on Saturday 30th March.
The project officially launched in July and along with the Mayor of Milton Keynes who has shown real interest, Paul Heald, David Martin and Ian McLoughlin all came to the launch and have supported the campaign – along with avid tweeters Simon Crampton and Jabo Ibehre.
Adam isn’t just doing this for fun though; he is hoping to raise money for the MK Dons Sports and Education Trust for use by the Disabled Football teams and Redway School for critically disabled children.
Speaking to mkdons.com, he said: “Karl Robinson chose the Redway School and I chose the disabled teams in the SET, so we have a theme running.
“They are two great organisations who are really helping people in Milton Keynes achieve their potential. I am really excited by the enthusiasm of everyone and I hope we raise enough to really make a difference’
Adam has already cycled to 5 games, notching up a total of 360 miles, collecting nearly £520 in sponsorship. In total, Adam has spent over 18 hours in the saddle and burnt calories equivalent to 52 bars of chocolate!
But there are still 20 games to go, including some really challenging journeys; however Adam is hoping that each journey will have its own unique story and there is potential for people to get involved in so many ways.
Adam will be joined by other people on some of the rides. One of our fans rides a handbike, which people will have seen at the paralympics and hopefully, some of the riders from the SET team will also get some early season training in advance of a project they have planned for next year.
The MKDSA will be holding a competition on their stand at the Family Fun day on the 29th September. Prizes will be available in both Adult and Junior categories for a cycling challenge.
The project is also looking for more sponsors. Individuals can donate easily through the JustGiving pages, and other opportunities are available to support the project with a ‘Support the Ride’ package. There are several key sponsors from local and national firms already enjoying the association with this great project.
To donate or for more information visit http://www.justgiving.com/1000milesfortheSET