Darlington to host Roland’s Ride to benefit the Motor Neurone Disease Association
A CHARITY cycling event returns to Darlington for the third time to benefit the Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA).
First staged in 2019, Roland’s Ride is organized by Darlington Mowden Park Rugby Club in conjunction with SG Petch Darlington.
The event is named after Roland Walls, a friend of Mowden supporter Peter Rees, who was diagnosed with MND in early 2018 before passing away in July 2019.
Mr Rees said: “I had known Roland for over 50 years. After retirement we had hoped to spend more time walking and cycling together before his diagnosis. His condition deteriorated rapidly and we decided to to organize the event to raise both funds and awareness for MND charities.
“Sadly he passed away shortly after the first Roland’s Ride in 2019, and it has since become an annual event to help support others who are affected by the disease. I’m so happy the event is returning for the third time and hopefully it will be the biggest and best yet.
Motor neuron disease affects around 5,000 people in the UK at any one time, with no known treatment currently available. Former rugby internationals Doddie Weir and Rob Burrow were recently diagnosed with the debilitating disease, with Kevin Sinfield raising over £2million for MNDA last year via his ‘Extra Mile’ challenge.
Hillary Maddren, Group Leader of MNDA Hambleton and Richmond, said: “We rely heavily on donations to fund both medical research and support for people with MND. Events like this are extremely important to us and we are grateful to everyone involved for supporting us once again this year.
This year’s event is scheduled for Sunday, May 29, and will feature a number of rides that begin and end at Darlington Arena. New this year is a 20km family ride, alongside the established 50km and 100km social rides for cyclists of all ages and abilities. Previous events have raised over £6,000 for MND charities. Last year around 100 runners took part and the organizers are hoping for an even bigger turnout in 2022.
Darlington Mowden Park Arena manager Danny Brown said: “We are delighted to be able to host Roland’s Ride again this year. MNDA is a charity close to our hearts here at the club and we are keen to grow the event year on year to raise as much as possible for such a worthy cause.
Simon Rees, Chief Financial Officer of SG Petch, added: “SG Petch Darlington are delighted to be backing the race again this year. The hope is to establish the event as a regular part of the calendar and to work with the local community to support the MNDA in its efforts to find a cure for the disease.
Registration for this year’s event is now open, priced at £25 per person, with all funds going directly to MNDA. For more information or to register online visit https://www.sgpetch.co.uk/rolandsride