Ex-Rovers player on his bike for charity

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FORMER Featherstone Rovers prop Tony Tonks is taking part in a charity bike ride from Normanton to Bridlington and back next month.

Tonks (pictured) and his Halifax RLFC teammates Adam Robinson and Scott Murrell are raising money for Heartbeat of Sport, a UK registered charity.

The trio aim to raise awareness of the dangers of sudden cardiac arrest in sports and to raise funds to provide sports clubs and organisations across the country with defibrillators and certified AED (Automated External Defibrillator) CPR training. The training is vital when a sudden cardiac arrest occurs on a sports pitch.

The trio are setting off from Normanton at 8am on Wednesday, January 9, and completing the trip back home the next day.

They have planned a difficult route to travel, choosing to cycle through Castleford, Allerton Bywater, Selby and Driffield to reach Bridlington. They will cycle the same route on the return leg.

They have set themselves a target time of eight hours to complete the task and hope to reach their destinations each day by 4pm. During the ride, they will stop twice for 15 minutes recovery.

Tonks said: “Quite a few people know me in the Castleford and Pontefract area and we are trying to get as much support for the ride as possible.

“We are setting off from Normanton near the M62 to cycle to Bridlington. We are going to stay there overnight and then pedal home the next day early morning.”

The trio will wear Heartbeat of Sport clothing during the ride.

Heartbeat of Sport will welcome any companies or individuals who would like to sponsor the bike ride.

Any wishing to provide sponsorship or make a donation to the Heartbeat of Sport charity can visit the donations page at www.heartbeatofsport.org