An engineer from BAM is set to cycle 160 miles – from London to Amsterdam – to raise money for Prostate cancer UK.

Chris Drake, 61, is taking part in the Football to Amsterdam cycling challenge. Spread over two days, the 160-mile cycle on 10th & 11th June, sees riders starting at the Olympic Park London, and finishing at the Johan Cruyff Arena in Amsterdam. 

Ex-professional and amateur footballers are taking part in the event, giving the event its title. 

“I’m personally taking part in memory of a very good footballing mate of mine who sadly passed away last November after battling against cancer for many years”, says Chris. 

Chris Allen – his friend – played amateur football into his late 30s and managed various football teams into his 60s. He spent many of his final years managing the Buckinghamshire-based Holmer Green FC first XI .

Chris, who is an engineer for construction giant BAM Construction. BAM’s footballing credentials include the Manchester City Football Academy among other sports arenas.

Chris has lived in Abbotts Langley for 36 years, is married with four children and seven grandchildren. He is well prepared for the gruelling event.

“Football and cricket were always my favourite sports, but as I don’t play them any more my main hobbies are fishing and mountain biking. I’ve been mountain biking for five years and invested in a decent bike which has lasted well.”

Remarkably, he is also taking part with a replacement hip.

“If not for the covid lockdown and a hip replacement in 2019, I would taken part a few years before. My training has been going well and so I’m notching up the miles, the furthest ride so far being from Abbots Langley to Milton Keynes and back, via the grand union canal, which is around 70 miles.”

So far he has raised over £1500 and Chris says anybody wanting to donate can visit his “Just giving” page. 

“The money is for a great cause and can only help improve the fight against this very common disease which affects many older men.”