Timmy and Billy Mallett cycle to Hartlepool United
This Saturday, when Oxford United travel to Hartlepool United, two U's fans are travelling to the game in an unusual fashion. Timmy Mallett and son Billy are cycling to the match.
As keen cyclists and supporters of Sustrans, the two are pedalling the new Sustrans Three Rivers Route from Darlington to Durham and Hartlepool.
Starting on Friday afternoon from Darlington station they aim to cycle along the edge of the Dales, along traffic-free routes and old railway tracks, through Bishop Auckland and Durham and arrive at Hartlepool’s Victoria Road ground in time for the 3pm Kick Off. In all it is a journey of approximately 70 miles.
The two Mallett men are passionate supporters of Oxford United and Timmy has previously cycled the 35 miles from his Berkshire home to Oxford’s Kassam stadium over the Chilterns.
“We’re looking forward to the challenge of this cycle ride. It’s Oxford’s furthest away fixture in the League and we were delighted to combine our love of football with our love of cycling.” explains Timmy.
The family stayed in Hartlepool, on the Marina, when Timmy was performing in pantomime at the Billingham Forum “I loved living in Hartlepool during the panto season and we made some good friends.”
Billy says “I haven’t missed an Oxford game in over four years but it’s the first time I’ve cycled this far! I’m looking forward to sampling some great seafood after winning three points!”
The two return home thanks to Grand Central trains direct from Hartlepool to London with their bikes on Sunday.