A MAN from Ruthin led of group of cycling “heroes” who undertook an epic journey in aid of a motor neurone disease (MND) charity.

Rob Boyns led the Gogd Team, who have raised more than £3,600 so far as part of the All Roads Lead To Rome challenge.

The group travelled from Edinburgh to Rome for the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation.


This week in court in Denbighshire, Conwy, Gwynedd and Anglesey

This fundraising challenge was set by former Scotland captain, and Lion, Rob Wainwright, and has raised more than £300,000 overall to date.

Rob’s team’s route saw them visit all Six Nations Stadiums.

They kicked off at Murrayfield on February 28, and stopped off at Dublin, Cardiff, Twickenham, and Paris, before the final whistle was blown in Rome, where the journey ended.

As part of their journey, the team also visited Monaco, where Prince Albert gave them a match day rugby ball.

The My Name’5 Doddie Foundation was founded by the late Doddie Weir, who was one of rugby’s most recognisable personalities.

The talented, committed and athletic lock forward then faced his biggest challenge when, in June 2017, he revealed that he had motor neurone disease.

In November 2017, he and his trustees launched the registered charity, My Name’5 Doddie Foundation with its mission to free the world of MND.

The number five is of significance to the foundation - a reference to Doddie’s playing number for his clubs, Melrose and Newcastle Falcons, and the jersey he wore when he earned his 61 caps for Scotland.

MND, for which there is currently no cure, is a rare condition affecting the brain and nerves.

Since its inception in 2017, My Name’5 Doddie Foundation has committed more than £11 million towards supporting MND research.

Llyr Gruffydd, MS for North Wales, also paid tribute in the Senedd to Rob and his group of “Welsh heroes” for their  “Herculean effort”.

You can make a donation to the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation here: www.justgiving.com/page/rob2rome.