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Gravesend Rugby Club completes four day charity bike ride

PUBLISHED: 17:05 13 October 2015 | UPDATED: 17:05 13 October 2015

Wreaths at the Menin Gate

Wreaths at the Menin Gate

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The rugby club cycled to Ypres for the Royal British Legion

Moles at the Menin GateMoles at the Menin Gate

A local rugby club spent the weekend cycling across Europe for charity.

Gravesend Rugby Club raised money for the Royal British Legion with a sponsored four-day bike ride.

Moles in the wreath laying ceremony at the last post Menin GateMoles in the wreath laying ceremony at the last post Menin Gate

On Monday, 37 men and women completed four days of cycling across Europe to Belgium.

£15,000 has already been raised for the RBL Poppy Appeal by the group, with the final tally being announced at a ceremony on October 30.

The team cyclingThe team cycling

Before the trip, some members of the team travelled to the RBL Village in Aylesford to collect a wreath they would be laying on their gruelling journey.

The team, who called themselves the “Gravesend Moles”, started last on October 9, cycling 300 miles from Gravesend to Ypres, Belgium, and back.

Moles cyclists and support team at the Mole end of GRFC clubs first team pitchMoles cyclists and support team at the Mole end of GRFC clubs first team pitch

In Ypres the group attended a ceremony where they laid a wreath at the Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing.

Organiser of the event, Steve Weeks said: “The idea for the event was originally conceived by our dear friend Gary Theobald, who sadly passed away earlier this year,

“We’re not only completing this event for the Royal British Legion but also for him.

“We’re encouraged that so many people associated with the Gravesend Rugby Football Club agreed to assist our riders”

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