WOUNDED LIONS 500

Twickenham to Murrayfield

Get on your bike

Feb 6 - 8, 2020

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Wounded Lions 500

Feb 6 - 8, 2020

Over the last month the rugby public have acknowledged the courage shown by both Doddie Weir and Tom Smith in the face of massive adversity.

The strong bonds of fellowship forged on the pitch with both Scotland and the Lions never fade, so in support of these Wounded Lions, Rob Wainwright and a small core of cyclists will again carry a match ball from Twickenham to Murrayfield, aiming to cover the 500 miles in 48 hrs in time for the Calcutta Cup kick off.

The mission of the My Name'5 Doddie Foundation is to raise funds to aid research into the causes of Motor Neurone Disease and investigate potential cures, and to make grants to individuals suffering from MND, to enable them to live as fulfilled a life as possible.

40tude is a rapidly expanding group of people who have decided to take action against the second biggest cancer killer in the Western world. Since the organisation was founded in September 2011, 40tude has raised over £1.2 million to help cure colon cancer.

The Riders

Rob Wainwright

Commander in chief

" Hugely honoured to have played for Scotland and the Lions alongside Doddie and Tom. Both are top men and both have tragically hit hard times with their health in the last year or two. Whilst we cannot heal them, we will point our bikes North for 48 hours and suffer in solidarity with them, inspired by their fortitude and courage in the face of huge adversity. Two very different characters, but legends the twain. Thus roused, we aim to beat last year's £65k fundraising total, splitting the moneys equally between MN5DF and Tom's charitable fund. "

Russell Kesley

Rider, 2 time Doddie500 veteran & founder

" I rode solo in 2018 to Murrayfield, having beaten cancer myself 5 years ago and given a second chance, I want to be able to help those who have a real battle on their hand and to help those who help people who need it most. Being from a rugby background albeit never a great standard, this is a chance to give something back to fight these horrific indiscriminate diseases and support legendary players in their personal fight against them "

Tom Leefe

Rider, Veteran of last years Doddie500

" Having gone through two years of rehab myself following the removal of a brain tumour, I am deeply sympathetic to anyone who is disabled by a life alternating illness. Whatever dark places we go through over the 48 hours on the bike on the ride north will be slim in-comparison to those who are living daily with unanswered questions about their crippling illness. "

Ross Duncan

Rider - Pace setter

" I was on the roll out of the Doddie500 last year from Murrayfield to Alloa. It's going to be a challenge with the time of year depending on the Weather. But also raising awareness of MND, MN5DF. From the talk so far with the core riders and support team it looks like it will be a serious but fun ride."

John Williams

Rider

" The Wounded Lions cycle gives me the incredible opportunity to pedal across the UK, which has always been a life goal of mine, to supporting an amazing cause while riding with some icons of the rugby world!"

Paddy Johns

Rider

" My own family has been affected by both motor neurone disease and cancer. It is a privilege to cycle the Wounded Lions 500 in February 2020 to raise funds and awareness for Doddie and Tom's charities."

John Hall

Rider

"When asked whether wanted to be involved in a cycle ride to support Doddie and Tom it was a very easy decision for me - YES PLEASE. I am deeply honoured to be invited and involved and will be putting every ounce of effort into completing this considerable challenge. I am very much looking forward to the ride and finishing at Murrayfield Stadium which holds special memories for me, winning my first and last caps there for England exactly ten years apart."

Paul Volley

Rider

"Having played against and alongside Doddie Weir and Tom Smith, two stalwarts of the game, I am humbled to be taking part in this epic challenge of 500 miles in 2 days; yes, you read that correctly... For those that know me well, this is the toughest cycle challenge I've endured to date. So please help me and my fellow riders raise as much money for two incredibly worthwhile causes, namely, Motor Neurones Disease which Doddie's been battling for several years and bowel cancer which Tom is currently fighting."

Andy Peterson

Rider

Graeme Smith

Rider

Hugely honoured to have played for Scotland and the Lions alongside Doddie and Tom. Both are top men and both have tragically hit hard times with their health in the last year or two. Whilst we cannot heal them, we will point our bikes North for 48 hours and suffer in solidarity with them, inspired by their fortitude and courage in the face of huge adversity.

- ROB WAINWRIGHT -

The Route

Ride Itinerary

Thursday 6th Feb
10:00
Meet at Twickenham
11:00
Rider brief and ball handover
11:30
Grand Depart - 0 miles
15:30
Arrive Aylesbury Rugby Club
15:45
Depart Aylesbury for Northampton Saints Rugby Ground
18:45
Arrive Northampton Saints - meet and greet 60 mins - food
19:15
Depart Northampton Saints
11:30
Arrive Peterborough Rugby Club
Friday 7th Feb
01:30
Depart Peterborough Rugby
05:00
Arrive Lincoln Rugby Club
05:20
Depart Lincoln Rugby Club
09:20
Arrive Selby RUFC
09:45
Depart Selby RUFC
15:00
Arrive Darlington Mowden Park RFC
15:30
Depart Darlington Mowden Park RFC
19:00
Arrive Newcastle Falcons Rugby Club
Saturday 8th Feb
00:00
Depart Blagdon Hall South Gate, under the bulls
04:45
Arrive Jedforest Rugby Club
05:15
Depart Jedforest
08:15
Arrive Carfrae
09:00
Depart Carfrae
11:30
Arrive Sheraton Festival Square, Edinburgh
12:40
Arrive Murrayfield
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Rob Wainwright, Tom Leefe, Ross Duncan, John Williams, Russell Kelsey, Paddy Johns, John Hall, Paul Volley, Andy Peterson and Graeme Smith are cycling from Twickenham to Murrayfield on 6th Feb, an epic 500 mile, 48 hour ride. 100% of money raised will be split 50/50 between the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation and the colon cancer charity 40tude.

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