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Settling an old score on the Ride to Wembley

Chev Walker is urging Rugby League fans to show their support for Rugby League Cares by sponsoring riders on the epic UK Red Ride to Wembley next week.

The former Great Britain centre is one of hundreds of players who RL Cares has helped by providing an education grant to help him prepare for life after rugby at the end of his playing career.

And on Monday, Chev will be among 15 riders who set out from Headingley on Monday morning bound for Wembley Stadium on a challenging 320-mile off-road route through the heart of England.

“I’m really looking forward to it and I’m thrilled to have this chance to do my bit for Rugby League Cares,” said Chev. “Because of work commitments I can only do the first two days but it’s going to be great teaming up with some old mates for such a great cause.

“RL Cares does so much good in the sport and I’m really grateful for the support they gave me: making the transition out of sport is never an easy process and the work RL Cares does is really important for all players.”

Chev, who played at Leeds, Bradford and Hull KR, received a grant from RL Cares to help fund the costs of a Diploma in Sports Nutrition, which is proving useful in his current role as Talent Identification Officer for the Leeds Rhinos Foundation.

The Ride to Wembley sees him reunited with his former Leeds and Great Britain team-mate Keith Senior, who is aiming to complete all five days – if Chev hasn’t worn him down by the end of Day 2!

“Keith owes me big time and there’s an old score to settle next week,” said Chev. “We’re really good mates but he’s a few years older than me so I hope his legs are up to it on Monday and Tuesday because I’m going to set him a fair old pace!

“I made my breakthrough into the Leeds first team in 1999 after starting the season in the Academy. I’d played four first team games and was on for a £5,000 bonus when I played my fifth.

“On the Thursday before the game I was told I was playing but when we came off the training ground Leeds announced that they had signed Keith from Sheffield Eagles.

“I never got another sniff of the first team that season! I’ve always joked with him since that he owes me big style!”

The title sponsors of the Ride to Wembley are UK Red Fire and Security and other sponsors include Yorkshire Boilers; Environmental Services Design; NL Van, Truck and Car Hire; Infinity Works; and Club Doncaster Foundation.

The 15  riders include retired Rugby League players Paul Highton and James Elston, sponsor representatives and RL Cares staff members.

If you would like to sponsor Chev on the UK Red Ride to Wembley please visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/chev-walker1

Making a donation is quick and easy, and your support is much appreciated.

 

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