11th October 2018, 10:48 | super8

Match Ball travels 1,300 miles in aid of charity

Match Ball travels 1,300 miles in aid of charity

The match ball for the Super League Grand Final is taking the long route to Old Trafford, touring 1,300 miles to raise money for The Army Benevolent Fund – The Soldier’s Charity.

The Royal Dragoons, based in Catterick, are cycling and running to every Super League ground, as well as paying their respects at Ypres and Amiens with the match-ball, to mark 100 years since the end of World War One. 

The regiment began on October 6th at the Stade Gilbert Brutus and spent a few days cycling through France and Belgium, the group then laid wreaths at the military cemeteries at Ypres and Amiens before travelling from Zeebrugge to Hull yesterday. 

Today the match-ball will visit Craven Park and the KC Stadium before crossing into West Yorkshire, visiting The Jungle and Belle Vue.

Tomorrow they’ll finish their run in West Yorkshire with stops at Headingley and John Smith’s Stadium. They’ll then cross over into Lancashire, visiting Grand Finalists Wigan’s DW Stadium and Totally Wicked Stadium. 

On match-day, they’ll start at the Halton Stadium, visit fellow Grand Finalists Warrington Wolves at the Halliwell Jones Stadium, and the AJ Bell Stadium, before delivering the match ball to Referee Robert Hicks at Old Trafford at 6pm. 

Sergeant Andrew Walton, leading the challenge, says the idea has been a culmination of years of work. 

Six of the team, who are travelling 1,300 to raise money for the Army Benevolent Fund

“I first came up with the idea three years ago but got injured, so we moved it to this year to mark 100 years since the end of the First World War.”

“In Hull the regiment rugby team and running team are joining us, and they will be doing a relay, running, cycling and doing military style loaded marches – tabs – between each ground.”

You can support the troops by texting ‘RDGC79 £5’ to 70070 to donate £5, or can donate via justgiving here