Tuesday, 12 December 2017

510-mile charity cycle ride to mark rugby world cup

A CHARITY cycle ride from Scotland to Henley will take place this summer to mark the rugby world cup.

A CHARITY cycle ride from Scotland to Henley will take place this summer to mark the rugby world cup.

The 510-mile event, which is being organised by Henley Rugby Club, will start at Murrayfield in Edinburgh on August 25 and finish at Dry Leas in Marlow Road four days later.

The cyclists, who will also visit Twickenham, will be raising money for three charities, the Sue Ryder hospice in Nettlebed, the Chiltern Centre for disabled children in Henley and Henley Rugby Club’s own Dry Leas Fund.

Club chairman Mike Trethewey said: “The great thing about this is it’s combining the world cup with what we do here at Dry Leas and two fantastic charities. The rugby club will benefit from it, the charities will get donations and the town will get something out of it too.”

Henley Mayor Martin Akehurst said: “It’s a lovely event, something to link Henley with the world cup that will bring people into the town.”



Moira Logie, senior fund-raiser for Sue Ryder, said: “Lots of people raise money for us through cycle rides and we are delighted to be working with the rugby club.”

Chiltern Centre fund-raiser Emma Lerche-Thomsen added: “Our families and young people are going to love following the event on Facebook. We will be telling everyone about it.” Grant Hepburn, a gold member of the rugby club, has already signed up for the ride.

Mr Hepburn, who was born in Aberdeen, said: “I did a ride for Sue Ryder three years ago and have done a few one-day events. I’m looking forward to this one — the hillier the better!”

To register for the ride, email henleycyclechallenge@gmail.com

You can opt to ride only the last day of the event from Abingdon to Henley via Twickenham.

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