Cyclists complete Bury Rugby Club’s challenge to mark 40th anniversary of plane crash

Rugby Club memorial cyclists arriving back at Bury Rugby Club ANL-141105-233515009

Rugby Club memorial cyclists arriving back at Bury Rugby Club ANL-141105-233515009

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After taking on 310-miles over five days, 94 cyclists completed a charity challenge to mark the 40th anniversary of a plane crash which killed 18 members of Bury Rugby Club.

The Club’s Memorial Cycle Ride participants travelled to a memorial at Ermenonville, in France, on Wednesday for a moving ceremony to remember those who lost their lives in the 1974 crash.

Rugby Club memorial cyclists arriving back at Bury Rugby Club ANL-141105-233630009
Rugby Club memorial cyclists arriving back at Bury Rugby Club ANL-141105-233630009

Supported by a 25 strong team of volunteers, they rode back to the UK arriving to cheers from family, friends and supporters at the club grounds.

They hoped to have raised £100,000 to be split between St Nicholas Hospice Care and the club’s Haberden Trust, which plans to buy floodlighting for the youth pitches.

Austin Cornish, who lost his father Laurie in the disaster, said: “Thankyou to everybody for supporting us and seeing us back home. We have really felt all the support and have needed it aswell.”

After the ceremony they rode to Bury’s twin town Compiegne for a reception at its rugby club. Greene King donated a hamper of typical Bury produce to be presented to the mayor.

Rugby Club memorial cyclists arriving back at Bury Rugby Club

Pictured: Austin Cornish gives an emotional hug to Bury Rugby Club President Gerry Lowden ANL-141105-233719009
Rugby Club memorial cyclists arriving back at Bury Rugby Club Pictured: Austin Cornish gives an emotional hug to Bury Rugby Club President Gerry Lowden ANL-141105-233719009

Meanwhile, 90 riders enjoyed the Women on Wheels ladies charity cycle ride, sponsored by Rudlings Wakelam, with five or 20 mile routes in aid of the hospice on Sunday.

Women on Wheels ANL-140513-165117001
Women on Wheels ANL-140513-165117001
 

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