By Simon Perry
This summer tragedy struck Henley Rugby Club as we lost our good friend and fly half, James Comben to an aggressive cancer at the age of 29.
Having suffered a neck injury whilst playing, during a routine scan doctors picked up the tumour and so began a gruelling treatment battle against this terrible disease. One that was fought bravely right until the very end.
To discover more about his journey, read a blog that James created about the rigorous treatment that he underwent, helping countless other sufferers around the world.
Myself, Simon Perry, and fellow ex-Hawk Tom Allen, played with James for a combined total of over 14 years and we felt it would be a fitting tribute to dedicate a charity cycle ride of our very own to his memory and raise money for the charity that supported him and his family through his courageous fight, Bloodwise. Our other charity partner that we wish to support is the well known rugby charity, Restart. Also joining us for this epic ride will be Tom’s brother, ex-Leicester Tigers and England centre, Anthony Allen with guest appearances from other Tigers/ex-players.
We have played all over the country in the National Leagues with Henley, and so we have come up with a custom route to incorporate as many clubs as possible along our route, which runs from the furthest west in Redruth, to the furthest east in Canterbury, before a grand finale at Henley Rugby Club. The total distance is over 650 miles covered in 6 days, a challenge as arduous as the famous Lands End to John O’Groats ride, but with a National League rugby twist!
We are starting on Sunday 27th May 2019 in Redruth and finishing in Henley on Saturday 1st June with a planned mass participation cycle in James' memory.
Any donation would be massively appreciated, please visit the JustGiving page below for more information.