Biggleswade Rugby Club tackles long distance bike ride for charities Sue Ryder and Mind

The team is hoping to raise £1,000

By Laura Hutchinson
Thursday, 3rd June 2021, 12:33 pm
Updated Thursday, 3rd June 2021, 12:34 pm

Members of Biggleswade Rugby Club are going to extra mile – or 70 miles! – for charity.

Sixteen coaches and club members are set to tackle a long-distance bike ride to raise much-needed cash for Sue Ryder and Mind – charities that are close to the club’s heart.

Many fundraising events have been cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, leaving charities facing a funding shortfall.

Some of the Biggy RUFC cyclists pictured before a training ride

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.