Managing Director of garden furniture, grow your own and decorative garden structure specialist, Zest, Steve Morgan is celebrating raising £28,500 for motor neurone research by completing the Doddie Cup 500 as part of a team of four former rugby players.
As a former rugby player himself, Steve was supported by other former club players, Robert Boyns from Boyns Information Systems Ltd, Wyn Jones from Pritchard Jones Lane LLP and Matt Davies.
Murrayfield to The Principality Stadium in Cardiff
The Doddie Cup 500 is a cycle challenge beginning at Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh and ending at The Principality Stadium in Cardiff. The team arrived at the finish in readiness for the Wales vs Scotland game.
Steve was also one of the lucky few to make it on to the pitch to present the match ball alongside Dr Rob Wainwright, a former back row forward for Scotland and the British Lions, who carried the ball on the back of his bike all the way from Scotland as part of the event.
In total, 22 teams took part. Doddie Weir OBE is one of rugby’s most recognisable 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.
Commenting on the challenge, Steve Morgan said: “It was really difficult, with some awful weather along the way. We had about three hours sleep over the 48- hour period and there were some dark moments, both physically and in terms of dark, rural roads but, thankfully, there were no disasters and we kept on peddling!
“We received a fantastic welcome at every location, none more so than at Ruthin Rugby Club, my local club, where, at 6am, we were greeted by local children singing renditions of Flower of Scotland and Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau.
As if that wasn’t enough, the local fire brigade escorted all the cyclists out of the rugby club, along with the match ball, with their sirens on and lights flashing! This inspired us to get to Cardiff in time for the big match. Going on to the pitch, hearing the crowds and being so close to the cup was a moment I’ll never forget!”
It’s not too late to support Steve and the team. You can visit the JustGiving page here to help raise even more funds for the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation.