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Webb Ellis Cycle Pilgrimage

On Sunday 2 July, 53 cyclists took part in a 100-mile cycle from The Close, Rugby School, birthplace of the game, to Twickenham, in aid of our 1823 bursary and the Matt Hampson Foundation.
Cyclists setting off from The Close to Twickenham Stadium
Cyclists setting off from The Close to Twickenham Stadium

Cyclists set off in groups of between 6 and 10 making their way through beautiful English countryside on what was, thankfully, a beautiful summers day. Participants were a mixture of parents, staff and supporters of Matt Hampson. We were delighted that Rugbeian and paralympic track cyclist, Sam Ruddock and Dan Hipkiss, 13 capped England rugby player, who is now an ambassador for the Matt Hampson Foundation, also took part.

Cyclists were welcomed to Twickenham by friends and family along with Executive Head Master, Peter Green; Head Master, Gareth Parker-Jones and President of the RFU, Nigel Gillingham. Everyone enjoyed a fabulous pitch-side BBQ and tour of the players changing rooms.

A core group of staff set-off once again the following day, this time heading for Webb Ellis’ resting place in Menton, South of France. Their 13 days of cycling took them via Paris (where the traffic was a little hairy!), Nevers, Roanne, Saint Vallier and the spectacular (and challenging) Mont Ventoux. Reaching Menton on Saturday 15 July, exhausted but exhilarated, the 12 cyclists and 3 support crew were welcomed to Menton by locals and enjoyed taking part in a local church service on the Sunday morning where Webb Ellis himself used to preach.

At the time of printing just under £20K has been raised for the two charities; if you would like to support you can do so by going to:

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