Members of Biggleswade Rugby Club are going to extra mile – or 70 miles! – for charity.
Many fundraising events have been cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, leaving charities facing a funding shortfall.
The Biggleswade Rugby Club team has been in training ahead of the 70-mile cycle ride, which will start and finish at the club in Langford Road on July 10.
Four more club members will take part in support roles.
The route will see them using their pedal power to cycle from Langford to Sutton, Potton, Gamlingay, and to St Neots and back, then to Rushden via Kimbolten, and on to Bedford before returning to the club at Langford.
The event will comply with all Covid-19 safety rules in force at the time.
Club coach Tony McClure is one of the team members taking part in the challenge.
He said: “We originally planned the ride to coincide with the Six Nations, but we had to move the date because everyone was in lockdown.”
“We’ve managed to get in some training rides and we’re looking forward to finally getting the chance to complete the challenge and raise money for the two charities.
“A few aching muscles will be worth it – any money we can raise is really useful, and more important than ever for the charities because they haven’t been able to do as much fundraising as normal throughout the pandemic.”
So far the team has raised almost £600 – but it is hoping to hit a target of £1,000.