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Rugbytots riders celebrate two-wheeled triumph

CHARITABLE cyclists celebrated the 10th anniversary of children’s rugby franchise RugbyTots and raised £150,000 for Wooden Spoon after completing a 323-mile route from Land’s End to Twickenham in just four days.

The intrepid cyclists, including Tim Stimpson and Rugbytots founder Max Webb, arrived at HQ on Sunday 27th August after pedalling their way along a challenging, undulating route featuring stunning scenery and a number of gruelling ascents. Each day required riders to complete between 75 and 85 miles, with daily climbs totalling as much as 5,554 feet.

Andy Goode and Andy Gomarsall MBE were waiting at the home of England Rugby – the iconic Twickenham stadium – to wave the riders across the finish line.

Sarah Webb, acting CEO of Wooden Spoon, praised those taking part for raising the six-figure sum for the children’s charity of rugby and thanked Rugbytots for the generous support and commitment it has shown since 2014.

She added: “Through the power of rugby Wooden Spoon helps thousands of children and young people with disabilities or facing disadvantage in the UK and Ireland every year.

“Rugby drives everything we do by giving us our values and passion, integrity, teamwork and fun, and Rugbytots aligns very well with these values.”

Since 2006, Rugbytots has grown beyond anything Founder and Director Max Webb could have imagined. There are now 40,000 children in 16 countries on five continents that are part of the Rugbytots family.

Here in the UK, more than 500 coaches deliver in excess of 2,500 classes per week – and the numbers keep rising!

Max commented: “We are really pleased to raise funds for the children’s charity of rugby through our 10th anniversary ride. One of the compelling reasons for Rugbytots to partner Wooden Spoon is the fact that our donations and fundraising will be spent locally. This challenging ride is a great way to show our support and raise much-needed funds.”

Rugbytots support for Wooden Spoon has previously seen cyclists complete a journey from Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium to Twickenham during the 2015 Rugby World Cup – a mission which raised £100,000 for the children’s charity of rugby.

To find out more about Rugbytots visit www.rugbytots.co.uk or to see how you can help Wooden Spoon in your community visit www.woodenspoon.org.uk