Durham WFC celebrate their first goal which was an own goal by Ylenia Priest of London City Lionesses Durham Women v London City Lionesses, Women’s Championship football match, New Ferens Park Stadium, Durham, UK - 19 Jan 2020 Photo: Richard Lee for The FA

From Durham to Wembley – The Wildcats create the right headlines with fundraiser

On a weekend that has seen County Durham hit the news for all of the wrong reasons, the Durham Women squad have been creating positive headlines by raising almost £1,400 to help the local community.

All of the talk has been around UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s senior advisor, Dominic Cummings, breaking lockdown rules to travel from London to County Durham but there has been a similar journey made in the opposite direction this weekend, one which has involved 270 miles of exercise, all of which has been done within lockdown restrictions.

The players of FA Women’s Championship club Durham have been doing a virtual cycle to raise funds for their local foodbank. The mammoth journey saw players pair up to cycle sections of the 270-mile trek from New Ferens Park to Wembley Stadium in a bid to raise £500 for Durham foodbank.

The challenge started at 10am on Sunday morning with Sarah Wilson and Sarah Robson virtually leaving New Ferens Park for Richmond (North Yorkshire) and ended with Molly Sharpe and Megan Borthwick completing the final run from Hemel Hempstead to Wembley, arriving after a combined team time of 22 hours, 38 minutes and 39 seconds.

Full details of the virtual cycle can be viewed below:-

10am: New Ferens Park to Richmond (North Yorkshire) – Sarah Wilson and Sarah Robson

11am: Richmond to Knaresborough (North Yorkshire) – Beth Hepple and Becky Salicki

12pm: Knaresborough to Pontefract (West Yorkshire) – Emily Roberts and Hannah Reid

1pm: Pontefract to Bolsover (Derbyshire) – Ellie Christon and Lauren Briggs

2pm: Bolsover to Long Eaton (Derbyshire) – Rachel Lee and Kathryn Hill

3pm: Long Eaton to Lutterworth (Leicestershire) – Holly Manders and Eleanor Dale

4pm: Lutterworth to Newport Pagnell (Buckinghamshire) – Nicki Gears and Abby Holmes

5pm: Newport Pagnell to Hemel Hempstead (Hertfordshire) – Grace Ayre and Hannah Greenwood

6pm: Hemel Hempstead to Wembley – Molly Sharpe and Megan Borthwick

The Durham squad have almost tripled their initial fundraising target of £500. The Wildcats have received £1,360 in donations to date. To make a donation in support of the girls’ cause please click here.

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