Richmond Ride to Paris in aid of Seb Adeniran-Olule Fund

 

On 6 July 2017, current and former Richmond Rugby players left the Richmond Athletic Ground bound for Paris’ Arc de Triomphe, which they plan to reach by 8 July. The eight strong party are cycling almost 200 miles to raise money for the Seb Adeniran-Olule Charitable Fund.

Seb played for England U20s and Harlequins, but was also dual registered at Championship Side Richmond in both the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons. He was an integral part of the squad that won the club promotion from National 1, but tragically passed away just a month later aged just 20.

‘It was tough’ said captain Will Warden, describing playing in the Championship without Seb. ‘He passed at the end of last season. It was when we returned for this, such a special year for the club, and he wasn’t there, that it really hit home.’

‘I’m sure the squad have thought of him many times as the season played out, wishing he was there during the tough times on the pitch, and to enjoy the good times we experienced. When you lose a member of a rugby team you lose part of your family as well as a friend.’

Taking part in the charity ride are Danny Parkinson, Will Warden, Jack Allcock, Matt Keville, Tom Platt, Adam Gadsby, Jamie Gibbs and James Kyle. Six of the party still play 1st XV rugby for Richmond, but have been given permission to miss some of pre-season in order to take part in the challenge.

‘It was important to us that we do something in Seb’s memory. We didn’t really know how much we might raise, but the response so far shows just how highly people thought of him. This will be a tough challenge, not all of us were built for riding a bike, but it will be worth it if we can benefit the charity.’

The Fund, which is supported by Richmond FC, Whitgift School, Wellington College, Harlequins Rugby Club and the RFU will help provide first-class sporting and academic opportunities for boys who wouldn't otherwise be fortunate enough to access them.

Donations can be made via: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/RFC-to-Paris and the team will be regularly updating on their progress via the Just Giving page and the Richmond Rugby social media pages. Twitter: @RichmondFC1861 Facebook: @RichmondRugbyClub