Ride for Combo, a 650 mile bike challenge in memory of former Hawks player, James Comben who died last August from an aggressive form of blood cancer finished at Dry Leas on Saturday afternoon. The ride has raised over £20,000 for Bloodwise, a blood cancer charity.
Eight riders (Simon Perry, Tom Allen, Anthony Allen, Andrew Downing, Jack Shaylor, Alex Dupée, Will Shaylor and Jonny Larbey) started the charity challenge on the 27 May in Redruth and travelled across the country stopping at 19 National 1 and 2 rugby clubs from the furthest west in Redruth, to the furthest east in Canterbury.
Over the course of the challenge other riders joined in with 40+ riders joining for the last stage from Reading Rams to Dry Leas.
James’ Hawks former team-mates Simon Perry and Tom Allen organised the challenge.
Simon said, “We felt it would be a fitting tribute to dedicate a charity cycle ride of our very own to his memory and raise money for the charity that supported him and his family through his courageous fight, Bloodwise.”
Tom said, “The biggest challenge was probably all of the 650 miles! Coming into Henley was great and the reception has been really good at all the clubs we have stopped off at. All the cars were tooting us on too.”
Jonny who played with Tom Allen at Rotherham commented, “Weirdly enough, the best bit was that it was really hard, as my life is really easy so doing something that is a bit of a challenge with all the lads is brilliant. I did no training and I regretted instantly!”
James’ sister Susie said, “It has been hugely emotional for us. My sister, Christa and I joined for 30 or so miles in London. What they have done is just amazing. The physical feat on its own and doing the 30 miles we did with them really put it into perspective for us. It is week away from their families and they’ve been dossing down on lilos in rugby clubs. What they have done is incredible and more than that the support they have received from the ruby community has been unbelievable.”
If you would like to donate, please go to https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/rideforcombo