Banbury Rugby Club win Community Group Cup


Some of the Banbury club members joining in during the weekend

Banbury walked or ran an impressive 3548 miles during a weekend challenge with Chinnor Rugby Club

An opportunity to reintroduce a bit of competition and physical activity into the lives of Banbury Rugby Club members was a huge success this weekend.   A massive team effort resulted in the club winning The Community Group Cup.

Due to the pandemic it’s been a few months since Rugby Club members have been able to enjoy playing the game.   So this weekend they teamed up with Chinnor Rugby Club with a challenge to see which club could walk or run the furthest through the weekend.

Nearly 700 people of all ages and abilities took part and were out exercising. In total they amassed an impressive 6,507 miles walked or run.

Banbury Rugby Club managed to achieve 3,548 miles, beating Chinnor’s 2959 and giving the club the first ever Community Group Cup.

Banbury’s Head Coach Matt Goode is also Chinnor’s Head of Community.   Matt was full of praise for all those who had completely thrown themselves into the challenge.   He said: “It’s been absolutely amazing.   Some of the comments we’ve had from people – it’s boosted their morale and they’re back running or walking.”

Of those taking part one of the Chinnor Rugby Club members ran a marathon, whilst past presidents added to Banbury’s mileage total and the club’s Under 15s squad added an impressive mileage tally.

Matt said: “Across the board I saw pictures of 5 year olds up to 80 plus taking part, which is amazing.”

Banbury Rugby Club is now looking to the post lockdown period and the potential of training before Christmas.   They are also hoping some of the spring fixtures may be possible in an adapted COVID safe version of the game.

In the meantime Matt is encouraging everyone to stay active.   He said: “there’s nearly 500 people on the walking and running group now so we are going to do something again.   Its great to engage with lots of people.   I know its tough times but its amazing that we can build and lift spirits and all work together.   If we all work together anything is achievable.”

Listen to our interview with Matt Goode here:

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