Rotherham United: Paul and Craige peddle for charity

Paul Warne and cycling friends
Paul Warne and cycling friends
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He ran thousands and thousands of miles during his football career, but a 100 of them on a bike was a daunting challenge for Rotherham United legend Paul Warne.

Along with club staff member and lifelong Millers fan Craige Spencer, he joined 150 representatives from other Football League clubs for a cycle ride in aid of Prostate Cancer.

Paul Warne

Paul Warne

“I’ve done a bit of cycling but I don’t find it that easy,” said Warne, a workaholic striker in his day and now a coach still revered by the club’s fans.

“I can run all day but cycling hurts my legs and leaves me saddle sore.

“In preparation I’d been cycling from my home to work and back, about 35 miles. Only in good weather, mind. I’m not mad enough to go out when it’s bad.”

Between them, ‘Warney’, Craige and the club managed to raise £4,200.

The pedal posse started out in southern England before finishing in Amsterdam. “I really enjoyed it. It was brilliant. It was so hot, though – boiling,” Warne added. “I coped better than I thought.”

So a job well done, but things haven’t always been so smooth in the saddle for the 41-year-old.

He said: “A while ago I pitched up at the village cycling club and there was a group of blokes who looked, shall I say, a bit on the podgy side and I thought ‘this is going to be easy’. God, I was hanging on at the end. They destroyed me. I was too embarrassed to ever go back.”