We are delighted to announce that Riding for Ups 'n' Downs III will take place in September 2017, following another highly successful ride in 2016 which raised over £10,000 for this worthy local cause.

There will be both 50 and 100 mile routes which will be announced later in the Spring and will start and finish at Earls Barton Cricket Club.

More details including how to register will follow shortly but, for now, we hope that you will put this date in your diary and join this great annual event.

As a Northamptonshire based Ironman triathlete I am taking on the challenge of my life by racing in the toughest foot race on the planet, as described by Discovery Channel, running 250km (156 miles) over six days across the Sahara Desert.

I am competing in The Marathon Des Sables  (http://www.marathondessables.com/en/) starting on 9th April 2017 to raise money for two local charities, UpsnDowns (http://www.upsndowns.co.uk/) and The Travers Foundation (http://www.travers-foundation.org.uk/).

Myachievements so far include cycling 625k from Pretoria to Durban, cycling with a group of local lads from John O’Groats toLands End via Northamptonshire, completing a Half and Full Ironman, doing an unsupported 500-mile cycle ride to the centre of France and running the London Marathon. I have played Rugby for  Northampton Saints and latterly at Kettering Rugby Club, where I was also their forwards and fitness coach for 10 years.

Please help me to raise as much money as possible for these two great charities,both of which are very important to me. I will put in the hours and hours of gruelling training and take on the challenge of the MDS if you will kindly make a donation.  

Thank you for your support.

Bruce Donald