It’s a Long Way to Tipperary

Emboldened by last year’s cycle ride on the ‘Coast to Coast’ (183 miles) we intend to mark the centenary of the end of the Great War by cycling 480 miles along the length of the Western Front from the Franco-Swiss Border to the North Sea at Nieupoort in Belgium from 31st August until 9th September 2018.

This year we are joined by the Aylesford/Linton stalwart Nigel Thomas. None of us are in the first flush of youth but we hope to have fun, burn some calories and raise a few glasses to the memory of our glorious ancestors whilst raising money for two great charities: the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal (our nearest neighbour and official Bulls partner charity) and ROPE ( – a charity which works with the poor in developing countries.

We hope to make links with interested groups along our route and will be laying Aylesford Bulls wreaths at suitable locations along the way: the Memorial to the Rugby Players on the Chemin des Dames, the grave of former England Captain Ronald Poulton Palmer and at the Menin Gate.

Through Virgin Money Giving, you can sponsor us and donations will be quickly processed and passed to charities. Virgin Money Giving is a not for profit organisation and will claim gift aid on a charity’s behalf where the donor is eligible for this. We really appreciate all your support and thank you for any donations.



Alternatively, there will be a sponsorship form and donations bucket behind the bar at the club for you to give generously. You will be able to keep up with our progress on the ride via the club’s Twitter feed and on the club’s Facebook pages.

We really appreciate all your support and thank you for any donations.

Andy Smith – President Aylesford Bulls RFC

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