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Well the talking is now over and I've done my planning and a few test runs and as I've told some clubs I'm now committed - so there is no turning back. - all I need to do his keep cycling to toughen up certain parts of my anatomy !

This just seemed such an appropriate challenge for me personally - to get round and visit ALL the rugby clubs which make up the North of Scotland District and whom I have had the privledge to represent on the Scottish Rugby Council over the past 3 years. = and to do it on a bike - now that I'll have all that extra time on my hands !

Its also a way of illustrating the challenges the Clubs in the North of Scotland have to overcome week in and week out just to play our great game and enjoy the fellowship that goes with the greatest team sport of them all.

Letting the ferries take the strain where possible the best and shortest route I can come up with will still involve 656 miles cycling to visit the 28 Rugby Clubs based in the North of Scotland area and I plan to spread the trip from Shetland in the North to Stonehaven in the South not forgetting Stornoway on the Outer Hebridies in the far West and every point in between over 14 days. - culminating with a round of the clubs in the Aberdeen area on the w/end of 11th and 12th of August when the Clubs should be involved with the RBS Rugby Force weekend getting ready for the new season !

It is also an opportunity to fundraise for the Murrayfield Centenary Trust Fund and to promote the great work they do supporting injured players both with short term hardship and in the case of long term catastrophic injuries adjust and cope with these. As the District Representative for the North of Scotland I have been a Trustee of the Fund and am pleased that they have been able to help a number of players from the area over that period.

This is my way of thanking them on your behalf with this personal challenge and I invite clubs to join in on legs of the cycle and use the visit to raise some funds for the MCF which is Scottish Rugby's very own charity for its injured players.

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Updates 3

As my webb page is about to expire a sincere thankyou to all who made a donation to the MCF which has benefited by just over £4,000 net from this fund raising effort. I thorougly enjoyed the challenge and hospitality received at all the clubs - Best Wishes for the New Year -Paddy

24/12/12 15:42

Well I made it and finished the 676 mile trip at Stonehaven on Saturday after visiting all 26 rugby clubs in the North of Scotland - with photographic proof . No punctures - and the weather was generally tolerable with some really cracking days.Thanks to you all for your support.

15/08/12 22:08

Well we made it ,up the Slug Road and down into Stonehaven to complete the journey - A huge thanks to all the clubs for their support and for hosting me on my one man rugby tour. The fellowship was tremendous and the support for the MCF has been most gratifying.

11/08/12 22:57

Raising money for

Murrayfield Centenary Fund

Murrayfield Centenary Fund

Charity Registration No. SC005015

The Fund, set up in Scottish Rugby's centenary season 1972-73, focuses on providing assistance to injured Scottish rugby players and is financially and administratively independent. Since its inception, it has assisted a number of players with short or longer term injuries, with the help and support they needed.

Donations 39

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Excellent achievement Paddy ! Racked with guilt for taking so long to contribute ! ATB Digger

Donation by ian davey on 05/10/12

£50.00

+ £12.50 Gift Aid

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Thanks to the SRU for all their support and back-up. All much appreciated by the MCF.

Donation by Patrick Hart on 29/09/12

£693.70

+ £173.43 Gift Aid

Donation by Billy Adams on 05/09/12

£100.00

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Well done Paddy

Donation by Brian Bell on 30/08/12

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Well Done

Donation by Paul, Amanda and Peter McRobbie on 26/08/12

£50.00

+ £12.50 Gift Aid

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Well done. Sore bum? Pat & Helen

Donation by Patrick McRobbie on 26/08/12

£70.00

+ £17.50 Gift Aid

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Good on you Paddy, sorry a bit late, hope the body held out

Donation by Alistair & Anne Forsyth on 24/08/12

Donation by a euan s wilson on 23/08/12

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Inspirational! What a great effort Paddy.

Donation by Bill and Carol Henderson on 23/08/12

£40.00

+ £10.00 Gift Aid

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A great effort.Sorry that we missed you. What next,

Donation by Rob Flockhart on 20/08/12

£50.00

+ £12.50 Gift Aid

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Well done! Hope everything went smoothly and you had good fun on your travels!

Donation by Chrissie Duncan on 18/08/12

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Well done Pat I owe you some beers for the flogging Scotland gave Australia I reckon you might have enjoyed a few along the Way Cheers Ruth & Kev

Donation by Kevin Ludbey on 15/08/12

£20.00

Donation by michael monro on 12/08/12

£50.00

+ £12.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 10/08/12

£100.00

Donation by Anonymous on 10/08/12

£25.00

+ £6.25 Gift Aid

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Good luck Paddy.May the wind be always at your back Jim and Gillian

Donation by james page on 10/08/12

£50.00

+ £12.50 Gift Aid

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I hope the weather has been kind to you. Well done.

Donation by Paul Hardwick on 09/08/12

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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I hope it's going well and the legs aren't too stiff. Keep going!

Donation by wee sylvie on 08/08/12

£20.00

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Grampa-hood must have gone to your head!! Great effort, hope all goes well-- good luck, love Stuart and Rozi

Donation by Rosalind Knox on 06/08/12

£50.00

+ £12.50 Gift Aid

Donation by alan lawson on 06/08/12

£50.00

+ £12.50 Gift Aid

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Great effort Paddy on behalf of a very worthy cause, which appreciates all the effort you have put in on its behalf in recent years. Malcolm.

Donation by George Murray on 05/08/12

£50.00

+ £12.50 Gift Aid

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Well done Paddy, hope you have plenty of skin cream!

Donation by George Elliott on 30/07/12

£50.00

+ £12.50 Gift Aid

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Fantastic effort Paddy. May all your hills be downwards!

Donation by Anne Harrison on 30/07/12

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Enjoy the ride, should be a great wee adventure!

Donation by Philip Duguid on 29/07/12

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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All the best for your cycle trip Patrick, hope the sun shines at least a wee bit! Susie xx

Donation by Susan McKenzie on 29/07/12

£22.00

+ £5.50 Gift Aid

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£2,135.70
  • Offline donations£1,654.00
  • Text donations£0.00
  • Total raised£3,789.70
  • Gift Aid£467.68

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