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COMMUNITY | International rugby stars visit Racecourse Ground as they cycle 555 miles in 48 hours for Doddie Weir

10 February 2023

On Friday morning more than 200 cyclists and their support crews stopped off at the Racecourse Ground, as part of the Doddie Cup 555 charity cycle event which is aiming to raise money for the My Name is Doddie Foundation in support of MND.

The event kicked off on Thursday morning with the riders setting off from the Principality Stadium, Cardiff, making their way to Murrayfield stadium in Edinburgh.

A team of rugby legends including former Scotland captain Rob Wainwright and World Cup winning England skipper Martin Johnson will cycle 555 miles in just 48 hours to deliver the match ball ahead of Scotland’s Six Nations match vs Wales in support of the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation.

Rob Wainwright, Doddie Aid founder and Weir’s former Scotland and British & Irish Lions teammate, is leading a 200-strong peloton of cyclists, including international rugby players and endurance cyclists, such as world record breaker Mark Beaumont, former England back row Dean Ryan, and former Scotland international Carl Hogg – one of Weir’s closest friends.

Wrexham AFC Assistant Manager Steve Parkin and kit man Iwan Pugh Jones joined Rob and the riders for part of the ride as they made their way to Wrexham AFC for a scheduled breakfast stop and welcome opportunity for all to get some rest.

Volunteers from Wrexham Rugby Club joined the staff and volunteers at Wrexham AFC to serve up breakfast, direct everyone and make sure all who stopped were well looked after.

The ride takes place during the last week of Doddie Aid 2023, a national fundraising event where more than 38,000 fundraisers across the UK have already rallied to raise as much money as possible for MND research.

Assistant Manager, Steve Parkin said, “What all of the riders are doing is amazing and no easy task, riding through the night with little sleep and in pretty chilly conditions too.

“It is such a worthy cause though and the Football Club are really pleased to be able to play a part in supporting all the riders and crew with a warm Welcome to Wrexham.”

“This disease is devastating to individuals and their families; events like this keep research happening and help support those suffering from MND."

Wrexham AFC are pleased to support the Foundation and wish all the riders luck for the rest of there journey. The Club would also like to thank the volunteers from Wrexham Rugby Club and all the business partners and suppliers who provide us with their support this morning.

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