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Saints to host ‘Wounded Lions 500’ riders next month

Franklin’s Gardens is gearing up to support nine cyclists who are putting their pedal power to the test in aid of Doddie Weir and former Saint Tom Smith in February.

Rob Wainwright, who toured South Africa with Weir and Smith as part of the British & Irish Lions squad in 1997, has assembled the crew of hardcore riders who are taking on an epic 48-hour challenge from February 6th to 8th which will see them cycle 500 miles from London to Edinburgh.

Their rest stop on day one will see them roll through the Franklin’s Gardens gates at 7pm to refuel and recharge, before continuing towards the northern border in the early hours and on to BT Murrayfield where they will deliver the match ball for the Calcutta Cup showdown between England and Scotland.

Weir’s fight against Motor Neurone Disease is well known and universally respected, while Smith – Saint #1769 who played 83 times in Black, Green and Gold between 2001 and 2009 – was recently diagnosed with stage four cancer.

Wainwright and his crew – which also includes former players John Hall and Paddy Johns – will therefore be aiming to raise £100,000 for MND research through the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation, and for Smith’s cancer charity of choice; 40tude.

The team are also inviting any other cyclists to join their crusade for as long a stretch as they are able, and to then donate £1 per mile ridden.

For more information, or to donate to this worthwhile cause now, please CLICK HERE and hit ‘DONATE’.

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