Club Chaplain Gets On His Bike!

Huddersfield Town’s Club Chaplain Dudley Martin is on his bike – to raise funds for the Town Foundation! 

Dudley, an experienced motorcyclist, will take part in the ‘Saddle-Sore 1000’ ride; an internationally recognised long distance motorcycle challenge administered by the ‘Iron Butt Association’ (IBA).  

IBA Challenges are regularly organised to facilitate fund raising for charities and worthy causes and Dudley is organising the ‘Saddle-Sore 1000’ challenge on Friday 12 June 2015 to raise money for the Town Foundation.

Dudley is challenging himself to ride 1,000 miles to John O’Groats and back in 24 hours. The plan is to set off from PPG Canalside at 7pm, with the anticipated riding time estimated at 18 hours, with rest periods and refuelling times to be factored in. 

Dudley explained: 

“Since becoming a part of the Huddersfield Town community, I have been bowled over by the genuine concern at all levels for people and their welfare, typified by my appointment as Chaplain. I’m only too pleased to support the amazing work of the Town Foundation by undertaking this challenge.

“On top of fundraising for the Town Foundation, I also wanted to do something to remember my dear brother, Nigel, on the 10th anniversary of his sad loss in a motorcycle collision.  

“The most I have ever ridden is 750 miles in one day and believe me, I well remember how ‘saddle-sore’ that left me!  

“It must be emphasised that safety and adherence to legislation is paramount and strongly promoted by IBA.”  

This isn’t Dudley’s first charity motorcycle challenge; in 2011 he joined a group of intrepid riders on a 4,200 mile sponsored ride to Moscow and St. Petersburg. 

He is pictured above at PPG Canalside with his Kawasaki alongside Mandy Taylor and Julie Sheffield from the Town Foundation. 

At present, four bikers and a pillion are signed up to take part, but there is opportunity for other interested riders to join the event. Anyone interested in taking part and wanting to know more can contact Dudley by emailing him at as soon as possible. 

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