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Weʼre raising £2,000 to support the IRFU Charitable Trust for injured rugby players.

Ballymena, UK

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Five Ballymena Rugby Club veterans with a total age of 318yrs are off to France this September to cycle that distance in aid of THE IRFU CHARITABLE TRUST.

Their journey in early September starts in the St Emilion wine region in Bordeaux and ends one week later in the historic city of Carcassonne – approximately 318 kilometres south.

The cycle route is known as Le Canal des Deux Mers a Velo which incorporates le Canal de Garonne and le Canal du Midi.

Former Ballymena Chairman Trevor Gillen said;

“As a cycling group we decided to undertake our annual French tour in aid of a charity, and unanimously agreed on the IRFU Charitable Trust. As former rugby players from the 70s, 80s and 90s we enjoyed the craic and comradeship we experienced through rugby in the amateur era. We want to give something back and could think of no better way of doing this than through supporting the Charitable Trust which was founded to;

“”support seriously injured players in their everyday lives and helps restore their confidence and independence.””

Incoming President of The IRFU, current Trustee of its Charitable Trust and long-time member of Ballymena RFC Ian Mc Ilrath, commented;

“I am delighted to welcome this fund raising initiative by this band of current and former Ballymena RFC old codgers.

I am confident that despite their advancing years they will manage to stay on their bikes ,and with grit, determination, and expert appreciation of St Emilion, finish the ride. I wish them well”

The party, which is currently in training along the North Coast and around Ballymena, is led by Ronnie Mc Bride and includes Trevor Gillen, Jim Mc Kendry, Bruce Holdstock and John Wallace.

You can follow the groups progress, just search in Facebook for “Rugby Veterans France Fundraiser”

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  • Uel Marcus

    Uel Marcus

    Aug 19, 2018

    All the best guys with the cycle.




    Aug 19, 2018

    Hi 10/4 Good Buddy,Great cause and keeping fit at the same time - can't be bad !Well done - tell the boys I was asking for them.Regards,Monty & Alison


  • Leo Callow

    Leo Callow

    Aug 19, 2018

    'Clear the Way' Trevor....... Faugh - A - Ballagh! Leo


  • Andrew Lowery

    Andrew Lowery

    Aug 17, 2018

    Good luck !


  • Douglas Boe

    Douglas Boe

    Aug 16, 2018

    All the best Mr Wallace and the rest of the team. Make sure it doesn’t affect your golf swing!


  • Matthew Banks

    Matthew Banks

    Aug 13, 2018

    Good luck Trev!


  • Kathryn Carmichael

    Kathryn Carmichael

    Aug 13, 2018


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