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Rugby and cycling heroes join forces for charity

Twenty years on from his rugby retirement, former Scotland captain Rob Wainwright is taking on a fresh Calcutta Cup challenge in aid of his teammate Doddie Weir’s MND charity.

Rob and record-breaking cyclist Mark Beaumont will be cycling 500 miles between Murrayfield and Twickenham in 48 hours.

Departing from Murrayfield, they will meet the Scotland team at Edinburgh Airport to be given a Calcutta Cup match ball before the team fly south. Rob and Mark will then cycle Twickenham to return the ball to the team as they arrive for the final march of the Calcutta Cup.

They are asking members of the public to get involved, joining them on sections of the route and donating a pound for each mile they cover. There is also an opportunity to join them virtually, following their progress on a map, and hopefully being inspired to log your own miles towards our collective total.

Rob Wainwright said:

“Mark and I wanted to support Doddie’s charitable efforts and realised there was a great opportunity to bring our two sports together in this epic challenge.

“In attempting to ride 500 winter miles in 48 hours and keep up with a record-breaking cyclist a few decades my junior, I am challenging my body while I still can. I am inspired by the spirit of an old friend for whom such challenges may now be in the past, but who fights MND with a fortitude I can only aspire to.

“We are hopeful the public’s imagination will be captured by this endeavour and we will be joined by cyclists of all ages and abilities along the way – whether that be for one or 100 miles.”

Mark Beaumont added:

“The #Doddie500 has the makings of a seriously punishing wintery epic. I’m looking forward to the camaraderie, the support from rugby and cycling fans along the route and most of all raising as much as we can for research into Motor Neurone Disease.

“I’m already bowled over by the generous donations our sponsors, even before the public starts to show their support. Come out and ride with us as we carry a match ball to the Calcutta Cup.”

The target fundraising total is £50,000. To donate to My Name5 Doddie Foundation, visit https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Doddie500.

For more information and to get involved visit www.doddie500.com. The route and progress can be followed www.twitter.com/MrMarkBeaumont.