Weston-super-Mare footballer takes to the saddle for charity, calling it ‘the hardest thing he has ever done’

PUBLISHED: 19:00 28 July 2017

Dayle with Tom and Jamie and their supporters.

Dayle with Tom and Jamie and their supporters.

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One of Weston Football Club’s star players swapped taking free-kicks for cycling as part of a charity trail for a cause close to his heart.

Dayle Grubb – who is a midfielder for the club in Winterstoke Road – cycled more than 100 miles for Pancreatic Cancer UK, which his girlfriend’s dad died of last year.

The 26-year-old has an impressive record at the club, and scored 20 goals last season, even scooping the National League South player of the month award for April.

Dayle told the Mercury would have completed the full 700-mile route – which stretches from Filton to Toulouse in France – had it not been for the football club’s pre-season schedule.

He took part with his girlfriend Francesca’s brothers Tom and Jamie Miles, who lost their dad to pancreatic cancer just a month after he was diagnosed.

Dayle’s section of the cycle was from Filton to Portsmouth, while Tom carried onto Toulouse in France and finished on July 27.

The group have already raised close to £6,500 and are hoping to receive even more donations for the charity, which funds research, provides support to patients and families and runs regular campaigns to raise awareness of the disease.

The cycle began at the Airbus office in Filton and Tom finished at the Airbus office in Toulouse

Tom and Jamie’s father worked for Airbus for 37 years and loved cycling and the two wanted to combine these two things in his memory.

Dayle told the Mercury this challenge was something which is very different to his other physical activity and he wanted to support Francesca and her brothers after their loss.

MORE: Read the Mercury’s exclusive interview with Dayle Grubb following his fine form last season.

He said: “We did 100 miles in one day, stopping at Bath, Warminster, Salisbury, Southampton and arrived at Portsmouth.

“It was the hardest thing I’ve ever done and a lot different to playing football.

“Due to pre-season I could only do that leg but it was very tough.”

Despite the tired legs, Dayle has been offering moral support to Tom, as well as taking the field in Weston’s pre-season friendly matches, ahead of the National League South season, which returns on August 5.

To sponsor Dayle, Tom and Jamie, visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Tomdavidmiles

MORE: Read about when Dayle Grubb scooped the National League South’s player of the month award.

For all the latest news from Weston Football Club, visit www.westonmercury.co.uk/sport

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