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Rugby club smashes fundraising target – and aims higher

Posted onPosted on 22nd Jul

Mansfield Rugby Club members have smashed their £15,000 fundraising target as they tackle a 30-day fundraising challenge to help the community club survive during the coronavirus pandemic.

Now the club has revised its target up to £18,000 as the club’s members take on a variety of physical challenges during the month.

A spokesman said: “As a result of the pandemic, we have been closed since March with no income from our usual activities. However, costs in maintaining the clubhouse and grounds do not stop.

“We firmly believe that people are happy to help those who are prepared to help themselves, which is why we have launched a club-wide fundraising campaign to ensure our short to medium term future, comprising a series of physical challenges.

“It’s a real club effort with members involved from every team across our seniors and juniors, men’s and women’s groups as well as non-playing administrators.”

The Mansfield Rugby Club 30 Day Challenge is running until 30th July. There is a wide variety of activities that will test members in terms of strength, stamina, resolve and, in some cases, skill.

People can keep up with the progress of all the challenges on the club’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram posts.

This is the list of challenges being undertaken by club members over the 30 days:

Pete Steffen – 1000km bike ride in 30 days

Daz Topliss – 24 hours spinning bike challenge

Kev Geary & Lauren Hartshorn – 200km run in 30 days

MRUFC Women’s and Girls – 30 mile walk to Clumber Park and back

Nick Hughes – virtual cycle to every rugby club in Nottinghamshire (400 miles) in 30 days

Lisette Westwater and friends – kicking 3 miles of successful conversions

Brydie Hamel – running 24 miles in 24 hours

Martin Troop – rowing machine challenge to Twickenham (160 miles) in 30 days

Andy Foster – virtual cycle to Twickenham and back (320 miles) in 15 days

MRUFC Vets – virtual relay run to Twickenham (160 miles) in 30 days

Lily Barker U11 girls – running 30 miles in 30 days

Maisie Walter – from U15 girls will cycle 100 miles in 30 days

Boys U11s, U12s, & U13s – 2020 Challenge to run/walk/cycle 2020 miles in 30 days

Girls U11s, U13s, & U15s – 2020 Challenge to run/walk/cycle 2020 miles in 30 days

MRUFC Men’s Seniors – The ‘Big 6 Challenge’ competition with 6 Teams in 6 Events testing Strength / Speed / Stamina (sprint/distance run/lifting/tyre flip/step-ups/tyre pull)

U16s & U17s – pass the ball 5km relay challenge over 155km

U14s Bronco Run challenge doing 30 days of shuttle runs

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