Team-mates set to Race to the Stones

PUBLISHED: 11:00 02 July 2015 | UPDATED: 11:00 02 July 2015

Harry Beddows and James Gosden

Harry Beddows and James Gosden


James Gosden, Saffron Walden Rugby Club’s new captain, is set to take part in a gruelling challenge to prepare for the start of his first season in charge on the field.

Gosden, 27, together with team mate Harry Beddows, is taking on the 100km Race to the Stones ultra-marathon on July 11 to raise money for the Matt Hampson Foundation, which was set up by the former prop who became a tetraplegic after a scrummaging accident during practice.

Race to the Stones is the largest ultra-marathon in the UK and attracts some of the best runners in the world on a route to the 5,000-year-old stone circle at Avebury.

Gosden, a teacher at Saffron Walden County High School, said Hampson’s story was inspirational for anyone involved in rugby.

“Like any sport, sometimes things can go wrong. It only takes one bad scrum, a bad delivery or nasty collision and your whole life can change. This is exactly what happened to Matt but he has not let his disability hold him back,” he said.

“He set up the foundation to help those who have suffered serious injury or disability and the stories of those the organisation has helped are truly inspiring.”

Beddow, 23, working in finance at the University of Cambridge added: “Matt’s mantra is: ‘Get Busy Living’ and that’s something we can all learn from. We wanted to support this charity because of its connection to rugby, a sport we’re both passionate about.”

The duo is hoping to raise over £1,500 and is looking for donations to help spur them on for the big day.

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Looking ahead to the season, Gosden is looking forward to working with new head coach Danny Hunter.

“We’ve got our sights set on promotion this season, which means lots of hard work and commitment, but after training for this ultramarathon, it should be a breeze,” he said.

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