THREE rugby league players are getting on their bikes for a charity which helps heart attack victims in sport.
Ex-Giants prop Tony Tonks, Adam Robinson and Scott Murrell, all now playing for Halifax RLFC, will raise cash for a new charity.
Called Heartbeat of Sport, the charity is the brainchild of Tony Abbott from Elland-based marketing company Reactiv Media.
The trio will ride from Wakefield to Bridlington, and back again, to raise funds, and awareness, for sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) in sport.
SCA claims the lives of 250 people a day in the UK alone.
Heartbeat of Sport was set up last year to ensure sports clubs had the equipment and knowledge to cope with sudden cardiac arrest.
The three rugby players are setting off on the 144-mile trip at 8am today.
They have been training hard and their aim is to arrive by 4pm today, and then set off back to Wakefield tomorrow to complete the ride.
Tony said: “We’re hoping for good weather on the journey but, just in case, we’ve been out in the worst of it just to make sure we’re prepared.
“We even went out to test the route when it was really icy to see what the conditions were like.”
The riders are hoping to complete the bike ride in under eight hours each day and raise about £2,000.
“We know it’s just after Christmas and money will be tight for some people but we really want to raise as much as we can and make a difference,” said Tony.
“We think it’s important to keep a focus on sport. The Olympics was a huge success and, with more and more people participating in sports, it is now increasingly important to give individuals and clubs the right training, and getting defibrillators into sports clubs has never been more important.”
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