Six brave men from Sherborne will be leaving the town to travel to Land's End for the start of a mammoth cycle ride - from Land's End to John O' Groats - a total of 1,000 miles over 9 days. The marathon ride will depart Land's End on Wednesday 4th July and after 11 legs, of distances up to 115 miles in a day, the team will reach John O' Groats on Saturday 14th July.
The intrepid team is raising funds for Sherborne RFC (Rugby Football Club), to help build a new Clubhouse which will provide better facilities for the Club which now has over 400 registered members. In addition, each member of the team will raise funds for their chosen charity including The British Heart Foundation, Cystic Fibrosis Trust and the National Kidney Federation.
Sponsors have come forward from many businesses including three local food companies who have provided enough cereal, nuts and flapjacks to feed the team throughout their journey!
"We are thrilled with the level of response we have had from individuals and businesses alike. All six of us will be able to feed our tired legs with energy rich foods including Dorset Cereals, Honeybuns Cakes and nuts from Olives Et Al as well as drinking plenty of sustaining beverages! We've also had support from Porter Dodson, Epic Print, Vincents, Booklore, Pearce Seeds, Positive PR, PS Mailing, The Gardens Group, Sanders Garden World and Chepstow Garden Centre. We are not exactly a young team, but we are all still sportsmen and can hold our own with the youngsters - what we lack in speed we make up for in experience!" said Mike Trew representing the team.
The team is made up of -
Dale O'Loughlin - Chairman of the Youth Section of the club and former Dorset and Wilts prop
Mike Burks - a former Chairman still playing rugby at an undisclosed age
Neil Devoto - former Bermudan international and coach to the under 11 team who play some of the most exciting rugby ever seen in the town
Tim Andrews - long time supporter and more importantly, husband of Brenda who provides fantastic buffets for the vice presidents before 1st team matches
Geoff Churchill - a legendary 2nd row who some have said is the most able bar manager the club has ever had
Mike Trew - the current Club Chairman and only member of the team to have purchased a new bicycle for the trip!
Plus Clive Andrews, a lifelong supporter of the club, who will drive the support vehicle.
Anyone wishing to sponsor the team can contact:
Mike Burks on 01935 814633
Mike Trew on 07808 096810
Dale O'Loughlin 07816 877801
People will be able to follow the ups and downs of the journey on www.sherbornerugby.co.uk