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Over the past few weeks of lockdown, the University of Bath rugby club members have been putting their free time to great use by completing physical challenges to raise money and awareness for the nurses and volunteers on the front-line fighting Coronavirus. As of the 19th of April, ‘UBRFC TACKLES COVID 19’ had smashed the £8000 mark for donations, and the figure is still rising!
With over 60 club members taking part, from across the men and women’s rugby union sides, the freshers Rush-D programme, and the Touch rugby society, many thousands of metres and exercise repetitions have been undertaken, and some of the challenges completed have been immense. Some of the most impressive feats have been:
Harry Ferguson – 100x150kg Deadlift Reps in a day
Cam Keys – ran a half marathon in his back garden – 703 laps
Will Ellis & Tom Miller – ran 70km in 7 days
Alex Burrage – completed 400 burpees in 4 days
Jordan Smith – 10,000 body-weight squats in 10 days
Lorna McKinley – cycled 250km in 7 days
Elizabeth Stacey – cycled 100km in a day
Sarah McCullough- cycled 160KM in 3 days
Annie Stonebridge- ran 50km in 5 days
Jamie Lishman – cycled 1000km over two weeks
Sam Jones & George Laundon – ran 100km in 7 days
Jamie Buckley & Dan Kirton – cycled 250km in 7 days
Daf Harston – ran 120km in 7 days
Rory Bott – ran 101km in 7 days
Alex Waldron – ran 75km in 7 days
Alex Harkins – cycled 322km in 7 days
The fundraiser was set-up and organised by 1stXV centre and the incoming vice-chairman, Alex Nisbet, who explains the initial inspiration for the fundraiser:
“As young athletes, we believe that we can help the lives of older generations and frontline medical staff whilst also advocating for people our age to stay at home. Initially, the target was only set at £2000 and one of the members of the Touch committee messaged me to up the target and I did hesitantly. Now the amount raised is over £8,000 and it would be incredible to keep increasing so that we can support the frontline staff as much as possible. The inclusion and eagerness from the club has been superb in both participating and donating and it shows how great the club spirit is, even with the difficulties surrounding households at the moment.”
Current Chairman Matt Bendin was also keen to express how proud he felt of the club at this time:
“I’m extremely proud of the club regardless of whether we raised £10 or £10,000, we’re showing the position we have is there for good and the willingness of those in the club to stand up for a worthy cause. It demonstrates the outreach the club has and its intention to have a positive influence.”
The club are keen to reassure that all the challenges conformed to government guidelines of a single dose of daily exercise, and many are occurring on stationary platforms such as indoor treadmills and watt bikes.
How can you get involved?
As a rugby club, we would encourage all to still stay at home and follow the guidelines. We would also like to ask for all to share and support our page and donate to the cause or take on challenges of their own! Every little helps, and all proceeds are going to the NHS Charities Together! If you want to keep up to date with the fundraising progress then head on over to the UBRFC Community instagram page!
To donate please click here: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Team/UBRFCTACKLESCOVID19