Andy and friends gearing up for bike challenge in aid of Doddie’s MND charity

An intrepid team of cyclists, led by Andy Webster, are preparing for a 200-mile ride to raise money for a Motor Neurone Disease charity set up by legendary former Scotland rugby international Doddie Weir.

Andy and friends Mark Day, Paul Roberts, and David Fairclough will attempt the ‘Coast and Castles’ ride, which follows a coastal route from Newcastle to Edinburgh, between May 4th and 6th.

The group will don blue and yellow tartan cycling jerseys in honour of Doddie, who established the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation in 2017 and who died from the disease in November 2022 at the age of 52.

It will be Andy and team’s sixth charity cycling event. The quartet – who are once again supported by driver, back-up rider, and brew maker Phil Evans – have cycled over 800 miles to date, raising close to £10,000 for various good causes, and the latest challenge will take them past the 1000-mile mark.

Andy said:

“We’re so proud to be raising money for the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation which funds research and provides vital support for people living with Motor Neurone Disease.

“We’re all quite sporty people and two of us played rugby, so Doddie’s charity seemed like a fitting choice, particularly as we’re finishing the challenge in his home town of Edinburgh. We just hope five Englishmen wearing tartan will be accepted north of the border!”

Doddie Weir OBE was one of rugby’s most recognisable personalities, earning 61 caps for Scotland and representing the British and Irish Lions. He wore the number 5 jersey for Scotland and his club sides Melrose and Newcastle Falcons, which is why the number has become special for the Foundation.

Doddie revealed he was suffering from Motor Neurone Disease in June 2017 and he launched the foundation in November 2017.

To find out more about MND and Doddie’s charity, visit the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation website. To sponsor Andy and team’s cycle challenge and donate to the charity, go to the group’s JustGiving page.