Rugby charity cycle from Webb Ellis Museum to Twickenham

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 Wooden Spoon and Rugby MP Mark Pawsey started the riders off from the birthplace of the game.

The charity was founded on the spirit and values of the game of rugby.

Jai Purewal, head of community investment Wooden Spoon, said: “ We are absolutely delighted with this years 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.

“The unrivalled fundraising efforts of TNT Express employees and the generous support of their customers, partners and suppliers means TNT Express plays a fundamental role in helping shape a better quality of life for the thousands of disadvantaged and disabled children and young people across the UK.

“Since the partnership began in 1997 TNT Express have raised an outstanding £3.48 million for Wooden Spoon.”

He added: “Taking part in the event alongside friends from TNT 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.”