Four footy-mad Eastbourne men have completed the 92 in 92 challenge, visiting all 92 football league clubs in England and Wales in one car, in just under 88 hours and raising thousands for two south east charities at the same time.
Rich Burrough, Chris Jackson, Luke Martin and Dan Preston celebrated the end of the epic 2,500-mile journey with Reggie the Red at Crawley Town’s Broadfield Stadium at 11pm on February 9, having driven through day and night since the clock started at Brighton’s Amex stadium early on February 6.
Rich Burrough, “The way total strangers got behind us was incredible, and got us through. We never expected the challenge to gain such momentum, and we’re all so elated to have done it and to have raised so much. Seeing so many grounds that hold so much history and tradition was a once in a lifetime experience.”
Spurred on by Radio Two’s Chris Evans, BBC Sussex’s Neil Pringle, and the encouragement of an army of Facebook followers, the challenge also saw the team take in the England vs Brazil friendly at Wembley, appear twice on the Radio 2 Breakfast Show, and overcome a motorway tire blow-out and acute fatigue. In doing so they’ve so far raised nearly £5,000 for Evelina Children’s Heart Organisation and ICC Missions.
Rich, 36, said all four men work together and explained the charities were close to their heart. He said ICC Missions was closely connected to their work and said Evelina Children’s Heart Organisation had helped Chris’ son Owen who required major surgery two years ago for a hole in his heart.
Keep an eye on the group’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/the92challenge to find out more about the online auction.
To sponsor the men visit www.bmycharity.com/92challenge.