What is The Great Rugby Dash?

As a warm-up to the April 2020 event, some of the group competed in ‘The Rugby Dash’ – cycling from Mizen Head to Malin Head, covering 400 miles in 36 hours. ‘The Rugby Dash’ left Mizen Head on Saturday 5th October at 6am and the group arrived at Malin Head on Sunday 6th October. Read more about the adventure below…

STRAVA The Route

400 MILES - 36 HOURS Mizen Head to Malin Head

The Mizen to Malin was created as a warm up to ‘The Great Rugby Cycle’ round Ireland 2020, however it was more of a ‘beast’…

The trip started from Belfast on the Friday night with a long van journey to the most southerly point in Ireland. Spirits were high as the forecast had a tail wind, but someone forgot to mention the rain, rain and rain.

Simon Danielli’s bike came in handy again as Budge Pountney, up for the challenge did not have a bike, had not been a bike and did not know how to use the gears borrowed the former Ulster & Scotland wingers bike. His trial was at 7am in a cold, dark and empty car park at Mizen. The 4 brave men started off from Mizen at 7.30am, and were guided not by Strava or Google maps (technical issues) but by a good old paper map.

Apparently the scenery in this part of the world is stunning, however due to the darkness, then rain, mist and fog nothing but the wheel in front could be seen. A long day on the bike of 191 miles, ended at 11.30pm when a change of route and accommodation allowed 5 hours ‘ rest’.. Up and away at 6.30am for another long day in the saddle No rain and a slight tail wind with glorious Autumnal sunshine so the group arrive at the final destination at 8.30pm. The small incline up to Malin was not an enjoyable climb after nearly 31 hours of cycling.

Budge has vowed never to go on a bike again..

Support Players/stars supporting

Budge Pountney

31 Scotland caps

Stuart Thom

Dougie Thom

Steve Barlow

My Name’5 Doddie Foundation

Who setup the Charity?

Doddie Weir OBE is one of rugby’s most recognizable personalities. He earned 61 caps for Scotland during a successful playing career, represented the British and Irish Lions on their successful tour to South Africa in 1997, and won championships with his two club sides, Melrose and Newcastle Falcons.

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