Dover Ladies’ Triple Crown Challenge raises nearly £2,500 for Pilgrims Hospices
Six Nations rugby fever started early for Dover’s Ladies rugby team on Sunday when they travelled the equivalent distance between the tournament’s four home stadia to raise money for Pilgrims Hospices.
Taking to bikes, scooters, skates, on foot – and one even on a Space Hopper for a time – the 20 strong group of players and coaches circuited the Crabble Athletic ground 2,500 times to clock up 1,000 miles in seven hours and 15 minutes!
Coincidentally, the money raised so far – nearly £2,500 – is equal to £1 for every lap of the ground while the 1,000 miles is the same distance between Twickenham, the Millennium Aviva stadium and Murrayfield. Each team member had to complete 50 miles – 125 laps – as their contribution with the last one being finished as joint effort.
Friends, family and club members turned out to show their support, serve drinks, make food and provide running repairs to the bicycles – and the participants!
Jo Matcham, Dover Ladies team captain said: “We wanted the challenge to be big to get maximum exposure and maximum sponsorship for our charity – but I don’t think any of us realised just how hard it would be.
“About 30 laps in, when I had realised that the Crabble track is not as flat as I had thought and the wind was making life even harder, I did wonder what I’d set the girls up for and I have to admit I was worried we might not finish.
“The determination shown by the team was inspiring and everyone just kept going through the pain. When we finished we were so proud of what we’d achieved, especially as we had raised so much for Pilgrims Hospices. I don’t think any of us will get back on a bike for a while though!”
Karen Kenward Regional Fundraising Manager said, “The fantastic amount the ladies have raised will enable us to continue to provide care for all who need it, both within the hospice and at home. We can’t thank them enough.”
The Triple Crown Challenge sponsorship page is still accepting donations. If you would like to show your support - www.justgiving.com/doverladiesrfc or you can donate £2 by text by sending: DRFC 88 £2 to 70070