The Great Rugby Cycle logo

Stuart Thom, a Scotsman from Melrose now living in Belfast, has a close connection with Doddie Weir and supported the Foundation in March 2018 by organising an Ireland/Scotland rugby legends golfing event at The Royal Belfast Golf Club. Following on from the success of that event Stuart is planning a larger more ambitious event, ‘The Great Rugby Cycle’.

The event is a bike ride from John O’Groats to Land’s End in March 2019. The baton will leave The Royal Belfast Golf Club on the 3rd March to make its way to John O’Groats to start the cycle. Two rugby legend golf events are planned at The Royal Burgess Golf Club in Edinburgh on Friday 8th March and at The Royal Mid-Surrey Golf Club on Friday 15th March with the Peloton arriving at Land’s End on the 19th March 2019 safely returning the baton back to Royal Belfast on the 20th March 2019.

Stuart will be joined along the way by ex-international players, sports stars and celebrities raising awareness and funds for the Foundation.

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If you would like to join the peloton or support via sponsorship please get in touch – ceo@royalbelfast.com

The charities

My Name'5 Doddie Foundation logo

Doddie Weir, the former Scotland and British and Irish Lions rugby player, revealed he was suffering from Motor Neurone Disease. From the outset, Doddie has been driven to help fellow sufferers and seek ways to further research into this, as yet, incurable disease.

My Name’5 Doddie Foundation was launched in November 2017 and its aims are simple; to raise funds to aid research into the causes of MND and investigate potential cures and to support this affected by this devastating disease.

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Make 2nds Count logo

When Lisa Fleming was diagnosed with secondary breast cancer in May 2017 it was a bolt from the blue. She had no prior symptoms and at 34 was fit and healthy with a four-year-old son who kept her on her toes.

As is standard after being diagnosed with breast cancer, Lisa had a bone scan. She doesn’t remember much more about that day except being told that the cancer had spread to her bones and was incurable.

Now Lisa, from Colinton, has set up a charity Make 2nds Count after discovering that so many men and women diagnosed with secondary breast cancer had no idea that it existed, and that 5 per cent of people are diagnosed at the same time as their initial breast cancer diagnosis. The charity aims to raise awareness and much-needed funds to help source a cure for the disease which kills around 1,000 people every month in the UK.

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The route

Monday 4th March 2019: John O’Groats to Royal Dornoch Golf Club (82 miles)
Tuesday 5th March 2019: Royal Dornoch Golf Club to Aviemore (72 miles)
Wednesday 6th March 2019: Aviemore to Dunkeld (78 miles)
Thursday 7th March 2019: Dunkeld to Edinburgh (84 miles)

Friday 8th March 2019: Charity Golf Event – The Royal Burgess Golf Club Edinburgh
Scottish & Welsh rugby legends charity golf event

Saturday 9th March 2019: Edinburgh to Newcastle Falcons RFC (112 miles)
Sunday 10th March 2019: Newcastle Falcons RFC to Leeds RFC (111 miles)
Monday 11th March 2019: Leeds RFC to Nottingham RFC (85 miles)
Tuesday 12th March 2019: Nottingham to Worcester RFC (101 miles)
Wednesday 13th March 2019: Worcester RFC to Theale (93 miles)
Thursday 14th March 2019: Theale to Royal Mid-Surrey Golf Club (53 miles)

Friday 15th March 2019: Charity Golf Event – Royal Mid-Surrey Golf Club
Scottish & World rugby legends charity golf event

Saturday 16th March 2019: Royal Mid-Surrey Golf Club to Winchester (79 miles)
Sunday 17th March 2019: Winchester to Taunton (103 miles)
Monday 18th March 2019: Taunton to Camelford (88 miles)
Tuesday 19th March 2019: Camelford to Land’s End (74 miles)

Total miles: 1,215 (average 87 miles per day)

Players supporting

Neil Back MBE

Neil Back MBE

Played flanker for England and the British and Irish Lions between 1994 and 2003.

66 England Caps / 5 B&I Lions Caps

Scott Hastings

Scott Hastings

Played centre for Scotland and the British and Irish Lions between 1986 and 1997.

64 Scotland Caps / 2 B&I Lions Caps

Rory Kerr

Rory Kerr

Played full back or wing for Scotland between 2001 and 2004.

3 Scotland Caps

Thomas Evans

Thomas Evans

Played wing for Scotland between 2008 and 2010.

10 Scotland Caps

Graeme Beveridge

Graeme Beveridge

Played scrum half for Scotland between 2000 and 2009.

6 Scotland Caps

Rory Lawson

Rory Lawson

Played scrum half for Scotland between 2006 and 2012.

31 Scotland Caps

Mike Tindall MBE

Mike Tindall MBE

Played outside centre for England between 2000 and 2011.

77 England Caps

Craig Minto Chalmers

Craig Minto Chalmers

Played stand off for Scotland.

60 Scotland Caps / 1 B&I Lions Cap

Bryan ‘Basil’ Redpath

Bryan ‘Basil’ Redpath

Played scrum half for Scotland.

60 Scotland Caps

Jim Calder

Jim Calder

Played flanker for Scotland and the British and Irish Lions between 1981 and 1985.

27 Scotland Caps

Simon Shaw MBE

Simon Shaw MBE

Played lock forward for England between 1996 and 2011.

71 England Caps / 2 B&I Lions Caps

Colin Gregor

Colin Gregor

Played for the Scotland rugby 7’s side between 2003 and 2015.

69 Competitions (1,694 points)

Mark Robertson

Mark Robertson

Played for the Scotland 7’s side between 2012 and 2017.

34 Competitions (296 points)

Tim Visser

Tim Visser

Played wing for Scotland between 2012 and 2017.

33 Scotland Caps

Ollie Phillips

Ollie Phillips

Played for England 7’s.

Shaun Perry

Shaun Perry

Played scrum half for England between 2006 and 2007.

14 England Caps

Peter Winterbottom

Peter Winterbottom

Played flanker for England between 1982 and 1993.

58 England Caps

Kelly Brown

Kelly Brown

Played flanker for Scotland between 2005 and 2017.

64 Scotland Caps

Gordon Bulloch

Gordon Bulloch

Played hooker for Scotland and the British and Irish Lions between 1997 and 2005.

75 Scotland Caps / 2 B&I Lions Caps

Ian Gough

Ian Gough

Played lock for Wales between 1998 and 2009.

64 Wales Caps

Bruce Reihana

Bruce Reihana

Played centre or fullback for New Zealand between 2000 and 2002.

3 New Zealand Caps

Stewart Campbell

Stewart Campbell

Played lock for Scotland between 1995 and 1998.

17 Scotland Caps

Peter “Junior” Paramore

Peter “Junior” Paramore

Played flanker for Samoa between 1991 and 2001.

29 Samoan Caps

Jamie Ringer

Jamie Ringer

Played flanker for Wales in 2001.

2 Wales Caps

Graham Shiel

Graham Shiel

Played stand off and centre for Scotland between 1991 and 2000.

18 Scotland Caps

Carl Hogg

Carl Hogg

Played in the back row for Scotland between 1992 and 1994.

5 Scotland Caps

Fergus Wallace

Fergus Wallace

Played flanker for Glasgow Rugby.

Marcus Di Rollo

Marcus Di Rollo

Played centre for Scotland between 202 and 2007.

21 Scotland Caps

Simon Danielli

Simon Danielli

Played on the wing for Scotland between 2003 and 2012.

32 Scotland Caps

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