Rugby club team raises more than £3,000 with walking challenge

A team from Richmondshire RUFC has raised more than £3,000 for charity by tackling a gruelling 40-mile walking challenge.

The team completed the Lyke Wake Walk across the North York Moors at the weekend in a time of 14 hours nine minutes.

The challenge was undertaken to raise money for the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation, which was launched by former Scottish rugby player Doddie Weir.

The foundation helps motoneurone disease sufferers and their families.

Richmondshire club member Alex Watkins had the idea as he felt he needed a challenge and asked if anyone else was interested.

He said: “With the playing careers of some of us being limited to an occasional veterans’ run out and the rugby season all but cancelled for those who still play, this challenge gave us a focus to train and keep fit in the face of various lockdowns, allowing us to train for the event in ways that were compliant.”

Team member Gareth Hastie added: “As a family and community focussed club, Richmondshire RUFC has a history of fundraising and community support so doing it in the name of charity was a no brainer and it made sense for us to look for a rugby related cause and Doddie Weir, as a rugby legend, was an obvious choice.

“My Name’5 Doddie raises funds for research into motoneuron disease and along this journey we have also discovered a number of friends that have been direct or indirectly affected by MND which made the charity choice all the more meaningful.”

Ahead of the challenge, training took place place in all weathers, fitting in around work and family commitments.

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