Members of Crewe and Nantwich RUFC completed an 86-mile challenge recently to raise funds for the rugby club, and also make a donation to the ‘We Love Manchester’ fund.

Thirteen players and coaches from the club took on a cycle and walking mission that started in Carlisle and ended across the country at Heddon-on-the-wall, near Newcastle.

The challenge was completed inside twenty four hours, with those taking part cycling, then walking, before returning to the bikes for the final miles.

Jon Cockburn, Chair of Crewe and Nantwich RUFC, said: “We have completed numerous challenges of over the years, including the Three Peaks, Lyke Wake Walk, Coast-to-Coast and the Great Lakes.

“This year’s route took us across country and onto Hadrian’s Wall, so there was history as well as fitness and fundraising involved.

“The rugby club relies on donations and sponsorship, so the money we raise will help to upkeep vital facilities that all ages can use.

“With the recent Manchester tragedy fresh in everyone’s mind, we will also be making a donation to the We Love Manchester fund.”

The club effort was supported along the route by Neil Smith from Side by Side Care, who drove a mini bus to carry essential equipment and supplies.

He said: “I am a member of the club, and we love to support local organisations. This was a massive effort by all concerned, so supplying our company van was the least we could do.”

The rugby club was joined by other local businesses who have supported the rugby club throughout the year, including Auto Vent, Trident Gas services and ARH Group.

Pledges are still being collected, but over £2700 has already been raised.

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News release issued w/c 31 July 2017

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