The Longest Try – help raise funds for people living with motor neurone disease

£10 pounds and 10 minutes of your life to to take part in a relay run which will be one of the largest rugby charity fundraising events in history

THE sight of Kevin Sinfield carrying his friend Rob Burrow, who is living with motor neurone disease, over the line at The Rob Burrows Leeds marathon the pair had just completed earlier this month, reminds us that the fight against this devastating disease has a long way to run.

Whilst most rugby fans north of the border are aware of MND thanks to the sterling efforts of ‘Doddie’ Weir in his prolonged fight to raise awareness, news that former England prop Paul Rendall and Gloucester lock Ed Slater have both been diagnosed, the latter at the age of just 34, has brought MND right back to the fore.

With that in mind, former England international Sue Dorrington has launched a charity rugby relay run called ‘The Longest Try’ whereby clubs can pay a modest sum of £10 per runner to enter a team of 15 players who will each run one mile with the ball. Runners will also be encouraged to seek individual sponsorship for taking part!


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The route starts and finishes at Twickenham and the run is scheduled to take place from 24th June to 12th August. The ball will make its way up the east coast with the aim of reaching Hawick on 29th July, Edinburgh one day later and then back to Dumfries for the 31st, before heading south down the west coast, taking in Cardiff and Exeter, before heading back to London.

Melrose have signed-up to take part in the event and this is a shout-out to clubs in the Borders to join in and link with the Greenyards men on the way to Edinburgh.

Any clubs in Scotland that want to help raise money for this worthwhile venture by taking part should log onto the event’s  home page HERE and register themselves.

There is a host of information and if you’re not taking part in the run, you can support the charities by bidding in the online silent auction HERE.

The event organisers will also donate funds raised to MND Scotland and to the My Name’s Doddie Foundation so let’s get involved in this worthy venture. It’s a chance for some early pre-season training or just an opportunity to reconnect with some old friends.


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Iain was capped 15 times for Scotland at openside flanker between his debut against Ireland during the 1993 Six Nations and his final match against New Zealand at the 1995 World Cup in South Africa. He was twice a Cambridge ‘Blue’ and played his entire club career with London Scottish (being inducted into the club’s Hall of Fame in 2016). Iain is a lifelong member of Linlithgow Rugby Club. After hanging up his boots, he became rugby correspondent for The Sunday Herald, before moving to The Scotland on Sunday for 16 years, and he has also guest written for various other publications.