2 Mates, 8 Countries, 2400 Miles the long road to Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup.
How far would you go to watch the World Cup? Would you fly, travel by train, or even drive? Or, would you cycle 2,400 miles across 8 countries? England fans Jamie Marriott and Mitch Jones are doing exactly that.
Diehard fans Jamie and Mitch are cycling from the English South Coast village of Emsworth to Volgograd, Russia for the England v Tunisia match at the World Cup 2018 on June 18.
At the time when of England’s Group G opener with the Tunisia at Volgograd Arena was announced, the pair decided that booking flights was too easy and they wanted to try something different in order to get to Russia.
From Jamie’s home village they will paddle to Dover then France before they start their mammoth scheme of cycling across mainland Europe – a journey which will take them through Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Ukraine and entering Russia via Beograd. Why go through all this effort? They are very optimistic about England’s glory in World cup.They believe “This is our year, we’re going to win.”
This will not be the globe trotters’ first time travelling into Russia. They went there before to take part in the Mongol Rally. They had a hugely positive experience in Russia with the locals and praise the Russian people’s hospitality.
Besides enjoying the World Cup, Jamie and Mitch are cycling to Russia to raise money for the Bobby Moore Cancer Research UK Fund, in memory of Mitch’s late football coach and friend Brian Randall, who passed away earlier in 2018.
They wanted to do something in memory of Brian Randall their old youth team football coach, who sadly passed away in January.
The two English fans are certain that the fund’s name is a good omen for England’s World Cup chances.