On the 22nd March, Gus Sinclair and Sammy Lane, both of UBRFC, will be running the 27.2 mile course of the Sussex Coastal Marathon to raise money for the Wooden Spoon.
The charity, founded in 1983, aims to enhance the lives of disadvantaged children and young people with a vision of transforming life through rugby. On their website, the Wooden Spoon states: “Inspired by our rugby heritage, our values of passion, integrity, teamwork, and fun have so far helped over 1 million young people and children in need.”
The two rugby players came up with the idea as the Wooden Spoon is something that the University of Brighton Rugby Club has been involved in for a while now. Last year, the team produced a naked calendar which went on sale and raised in excess of £750 for the charity.
The Wooden Spoon is the rugby club’s chosen charity because all the money that is raised remains in the local area. It goes towards the funding of respite and medical treatment centres, sensory enhancement therapeutic facilities, specialist playgrounds, sports activity areas, and comunity-based programmes.
Sinclair and Lane have been training for the event, which is little over a marathon and consists of a 4,218 foot ascent, since the turn of the year.
With the run little under a month away, the pair are looking for more donations to make the event worthwhile and to help the Wooden Spoon as much as they can.
Written by Tom Roddy