In March, three Royals supporters will be watching back-to-back matches – at home against Stoke City, and away at Derby County. The twist? They will be walking from one ground to the other!
Straight after the final whistle when we meet the Potters on Saturday 14th March, they will set off on their 120-mile journey to Pride Park… approximately 120 miles away. All being well, the trio are aiming to arrive a couple of hours before kick-off against the Rams on Tuesday 17th March.
The group of friends discussed the idea over the summer, aiming to link their support for Reading FC to raising money for charities that were all close to their hearts. They decided that, if the fixture list fell favourably, they would attend a Saturday home game and walk to the following Tuesday night away game… so once the fixture list came out, the Derby County fixture was pencilled into the calendar and training began.
The causes they are raising money for are Cancer Research UK (Craig Sopp), Mind (Tom Rosher), MS-UK (Hugh Van-de-l’isle) and Prostate Cancer UK (Chris Reinholter), respectively. All charities were picked due to having personal significance to each.
“It’s something that we have collectively been putting a lot of work into for near enough a year now,” said Tom. “From constant preparatory training walks that have seen us cover routes such as Maidenhead through to Reading, to walks from ground-to-ground across the entirety of London, we’re making sure that this is something we’ll all be more than prepared for come the game against Stoke City in March!”
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Amongst those training walks was a challenging local route around some iconic sites relating to the Royals – including the site of our old home at Elm Park, our new training ground at Bearwood, and the Purple Turtle… where some celebrations were had upon promotion in 2012!
Injury to Chris has unfortunately meant that the walk will now see Craig, Hugh and Tom take on the monumental challenge, with Chris providing a helping hand through bringing the necessary non-essentials from location-to-location.
The group are taking donations for the walk at virginmoneygiving.com/106Chat – and if you would like to wish them well prior to their travels, they can be found at every home fixture in Club 1871 or through the Twitter handle @106Chat.