Support Paul Darbyshire and Motor Neurone
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Paul Darbyshire, Munster Head of Strength & Conditioning for the past four years was diagnosed last September with Motor Neurone Disease. Paul, has continued to carry out his duties with the squad with a characteristic courage and humour that has been an inspiration to all.
The notion of this Cycle Ride was first mooted by Ricky Sergent who is coach of the soccer team that Paul's son Jack plays with in Warrington and Sergent will be joined by former Munster wing Brian Carney and a group from Warrington for the trip. A native of Wigan in the north of England, Paul played almost all his professional Rugby League career with Warrington Wolves. Paul is married to Lyndsay and has four children, Ella (13), Georgia (11), Jack aged 7 and baby Harry, born last October.
Funds raised in the course of the Cycle Ride will go to the Darbyshire family and to fund research into Motor Neurone Disease being carried out in Trinity College Dublin by Professor of Neurology Orla Hardiman.
HOW TO GET INVOLVED
The Munster Rugby Cycle Ride for Paul Darbyshire & Motor Neurone Research begins in Musgrave Park in Cork on Sunday June 19th, with the Irish stages finishing in Maynooth on Tuesday 21st. The Cycle then moves to the UK, finishing in Warrington on Thursday 23rd June 2011.
Interested cyclists can opt to take part in single stages or multiple stages of the event. Cyclists wishing to take part should register by contacting Claire Hickey, Munster Rugby on 021-4323563 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration costs €50, with a minimum of €300 required per cyclist to participate- regardless of how many stages you wish to participate in.
Stage 1: Sunday 19th June 2011- Musgrave Park – Thomond Park (98km/61 miles)
Stage 2: Monday 20th June 2011- Thomond Park – Roscrea RFC (74km/46 miles)
Stage 3A: Tuesday 21st June 2011- Portlaoise RFC – Maynooth (67km/41.5 miles)
Stage 3B: Tuesday 21st June 2011- Maynooth - Trinity College (29km/18 miles)*
(Stena Ferry Transfer Dublin – Holyhead) early am Wed 22nd
Stage 4: Wednesday 22nd June 2011- Holyhead – Colwyn Bay (75km/47 miles)
Stage 5: Thursday 23rd June 2011- Colwyn Bay – Warrington (93km/58 miles)
*Munster Rugby involvement ends at Stage 3B Finish.
Those wishing to continue the event in England should contact the following:
UK Cycling Stages: Ricky Sergent email@example.com
UK Accommodation: Tracey Hutchinson firstname.lastname@example.org or mobile +44 7801575519
All Sponsorship cards should be returned to:
Munster Rugby Cycle Ride for Motor Neurone Research
c/o Munster Rugby
Unit 1 Tramore Commercial Park
Munster Rugby in the Community
Munster Rugby have established a structure to actively support Charities through the year. Each Year we nominate three charities to support through the season and we also work with our Sponsors and Partners to support specific events through the year.
The Latest initiative is a Cycle Ride from Musgrave Park, Cork, to Warrignton, England, to raise money for Paul Darbyshire and Motor Neurone Disease (Ireland) whichis taking place on 19th - 23rd June 2011
In 2010/11 season, Munster Rugby's Nominated Charities were:
Munster Rugby are actively working with these charities to help raise funds for a specific agreed projects that is taking place during the season. Full details of the Munster Rugby Charity Progame can be found by visiting