Former Henley Hawks players, Tom Allen and Simon Perry along with a number of other former players and friends, are taking part in a 650 mile bike ride at the end of May in memory of their friend and team mate James Comben who sadly lost his battle with T-cell lymphoblastic lymphoma, a rare type of blood cancer, at the young age of 29 in August last year.
James made his debut for the Hawks in 2009 after coming through the junior ranks at the Club. He went on to play 167 games at fly-half and was instrumental in the two promotion campaigns in 2013 and 2015. The 2014/15 season saw him finish in the top 5 point scorers in the league.
The bike ride will see the cyclists start on 27 May in Redruth travelling across the country stopping at 19 National 1 and 2 rugby clubs from the furthest west in Redruth, to the furthest east in Canterbury, before a grand finale at Henley Rugby Club on 1 June. Simon said, “We felt it would be a fitting tribute to dedicate a charity cycle ride of our very own to James’ memory. The total distance is over 650 miles in 6 days, a challenge as arduous as the famous Lands End to John O’Groats ride, but with a National League rugby twist!”
Also joining this epic ride will be Tom’s brother, ex-Leicester Tigers and England centre Anthony Allen, as well as ex-Hawks Andrew Downing, Jack Shaylor, Alex Dupée, Jamie Sutton as well as Clontarf legend, Jonny Larbey.
The Ride for Combo (James’ nickname) hopes to raise £10,000 for Bloodwise the charity that supported James’ family through his courageous fight along with the rugby charity Restart who provide financial, practical and emotional support to ill and injured players, during and after their professional rugby career.
So far donations have been received for just over £3,300. To help make it to that magic £10,000 please donate at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/rideforcombo