Most football fans will go that extra mile to cheer on their team but in Adam Faiers case he will go an extra 265 miles as he cycles to Carlisle to watch MK Dons this weekend.
Adam, who is the secretary of the MK Dons Supporters Association, has cycled all of the Dons’ 20 away games this season to raise money for disability sport in Milton Keynes.
So far he has already clocked up an impressive 1,942 miles and has raised over £2,500 for his efforts, but this Saturday Adam will embark on his toughest challenge yet.
The away trip to Carlisle United will see Adam leave stadiummk on Friday at 9am for the longest trip of the season. The first leg of his epic journey is Ilkley, and after an overnight stop, he will continue over the Yorkshire Dales and face the highest road in England at Hawes, climbing nearly 2,000ft.
Adam has decided to ride this particular leg of the challenge in memory of Ian Cuff, a young Dons supporter who played in the Wheelchair Football team.
Speaking about the upcoming leg of the challenge, Adam said: “This is the one that everyone has talked about since the beginning. It’s the longest and with the bad weather, is definitely going to be the hardest. I didn’t know Ian but everyone speaks so highly of his commitment and passion for the MK Dons, I wanted to show my respect for that. Hopefully, people will get behind me and help us make sure the Disability teams have the resources they need!’”
The football community has thrown its support behind Adam’s incredible charity efforts with a number of rival clubs and supporters backing his cause. Swindon Town Supporters even clubbed together for a donation and many clubs have also donated to the end of season raffle which is expected to boost the money pot.
The money raised from the challenge is being split between the MK Dons Sport and Education Trust, and the Redway School, a specialist school in Milton Keynes. The money will buy some winter clothes and play equipment.