Charity cyclists set off for Twickenham from Rugby

Some of the riders with Rugby MP Mark Pawsey
Some of the riders with Rugby MP Mark Pawsey

Riders saddled up for a cycle challenge from the Webb Ellis Museum to Twickenham stadium to raise money for a children’s rugby charity.

The event was organised by the rugby charity Wooden Spoon and Rugby MP Mark Pawsey started the riders off from the birthplace of the game.

Wooden Spoon is one of the largest funders of respite and medical treatment centres, sensory enhancement therapeutic facilities, specialist playgrounds, sports activity areas, and community-based programmes in the UK.

The charity teamed up with TNT Express to organise the event.

Jai Purewal, head of community investment at Wooden Spoon, said: “ We are absolutely delighted with this year’s TNT rugby cycle challenge. The event was great fun and all about raising funds to support children and young people in need across the UK.

He added: “Taking part in the event was great fun and achieving a goal together for the benefit of disadvantaged children is a real thrill.”

They set off at 10am last Thursday and cycled for two and a half days. On the final day of the ride the challengers arrived at Twickenham stadium to a grand finale parade which opened the Aviva Premiership Rugby ‘London Double Header’ on Saturday.

Rugby MP Mark Pawsey said: “There was a fantastic atmosphere at the starting line and, as a keen rugby fan, I was very pleased to welcome the charity to the birthplace of the game.

“Wooden Spoon has made some great contributions to community projects and it also promotes the game of rugby so it seemed fitting to start the challenge here in the town where it all began.”

The charity receives support from rugby teams across the UK and players often visit the projects and centres it works with. Visit www.woodenspoon.com for more information.