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Rugby stadiums host charity cycle challenge

30 August 2013

  • Midlands teacher completes 800-mile rugby-themed charity cycle
  • Paul Fowler raised money for Ball to Cancer charity
Paul Fowler visiting international rugby grounds during his charity cycle challenge

Photo: RFU Archive

A Midlands rugby fan has completed a marathon cycle ride which took in the major international grounds in England, Wales, Ireland and Scotland.

Paul Fowler completed the 800-mile trip in eight days during which he travelled from Twickenham Stadium to the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff then on to the Aviva Stadium in Dublin before he completed his journey at Murrayfield in Edinburgh.

Fowler, a 30-year-old design and technology teacher from Staffordshire, hopes to raise around £1,000 from his efforts for the Wolverhampton-based Balls to Cancer charity.

His fundraising trip involved ferry crossings from Fishguard to Rosslare and Belfast to Stranraer and he had no support team. Apart from an overnight stay in a bed and breakfast hotel in Cardiff, Fowler camped throughout his journey.

Fowler was inspired to take on the solo cycle ride having met Mark Beaumont, a former world record holder who has cycled around the world.

Fowler, a former rugby player with Leek, also has an uncle Richard, a coach in Leek’s youth section, who has been treated for cancer.

“I’d done the Three Peaks Challenge a few years ago but I had never attempted anything like this,” Fowler said.

“I was inspired by a talk that Mark Beaumont gave and wanted to come up with a challenge to do. I suggested to Mark that we climb the six peaks in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and the Isle of Man and cycling in between.

“But Mark couldn’t do that because he had some filming commitments so I came up with the idea of cycling between the four major rugby grounds.

“I have an uncle who does a lot of hard work for the youth section at Leek who has been treated for cancer and I wanted to do something for him.

“The money is still coming in but by the time I have chased everybody up it should be around the four-figure mark.”