Holmes raises over £7k for Burrow
Posted: Saturday 5th December 2020 - 12:00 PM
With two days to go on his marathon cycling challenge, Oliver Holmes has raised £7,000 for Rob Burrow's fightback fund & the Motor Neurone Disease Association.
Holmes has cycled 100km a day for five days straight with two more still to go to total 700km in one week.
Back in December 2019, Rob Burrow was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease (MND) and much like the entire rugby league community, Oliver Holmes expressed his desire to help raise funds for Rob.
Holmes will be joined, socially distanced, with a friend or colleague during the course of the marathon challenge of 100km cycled each day for a week – totalling 700km in recognition of one of the greatest #7’s that Super League has seen play the game.
The Tigers had originally planned for the club’s ‘home’ match against Leeds Rhinos on Friday, 6th November to take to the field wearing specially printed shirts in support of Burrow. Each Castleford player’s traditional name and number on the back of their shirt would have been replaced with the name Burrow and the number seven after being granted permission to do so from Super League & The RFL.
Due to the reshaping of the play-offs ending Castleford’s season these shirts were not worn – but they are now up for grabs to seven lucky winners who donate £10 or more to Oliver Holmes’ challenge.
After completing his daily 100km cycle, each day Oliver will select one lucky winner who donated £10 or more from his Just Giving page. Castleford Tigers will share the name of the winner on social media and they will be asked to contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
Speaking about the fundraiser Holmes said: “I’m doing this on behalf of Castleford Tigers as a club to raise money for Rob Burrow’s fightback fund and the Motor Neurone Disease Association. The attitude shown by Rob in everything he has done has been awe-inspiring and I just want to play my part in helping him, his family and the MND Association in their research to find a cure for this disease.”
Castleford’s #11 Holmes will be entering the off-season following this challenge but became a keen cyclist earlier in the year during the suspension of the Super League season.
“Initially I was looking for different ways to exercise and originally was going out on an old mountain bike, not the best bit of kit for road cycling, but since then I’ve got hooked doing about 20 or 30 kilometres very regularly as it gets the legs moving and is really good for recovery. To be able to combine my new hobby with a fundraising cause for Rob it will be really special for me.”
Donate to support Oggy in his challenge, donations over £10 will enter you into a random draw to win a Castleford Tigers 2020 Burrow #7 shirt. DONATE HERE.
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