Ex-Wales star adding pedal power to cyclists' challenge
FORMER Wales and Ospreys star Huw Bennett is teaming up with a scrum of rugby players for a cycle challenge in memory of a dad-of-two who died of cancer.
The Grand Slam winner, along with members of Gowerton and Dunvant rugby clubs, will be cycling 85 miles from Cwmbran to Gowerton in support of Ty Olwen.
They are supporting the Swansea-based hospice as it cared for Tony Jones, while he was battling oesophageal cancer.
Mr Jones, whose sons Ryan, 13, and Rhys, 11, play for the junior section at Gowerton RFC, died in November last year. He was just 42.
David Treharne, who is one of the junior section coaches in Gowerton, said the fundraiser which takes place on Sunday will see the cyclists visit a number of rugby grounds en route to raise cash for Ty Olwen.
Mr Treharne said: "Tony passed away when he was 42 after having cancer and he left two young sons playing rugby for the junior section down in Gowerton.
"The family is originally from Cwmbran which is why we are cycling from there to Gowerton.
"I felt it would be appropriate to raise money in his memory for Ty Olwen."
He added: "Huw Bennett lives in Gowerton and his step-son played for the club to a junior level.
"It's his first big cycle ride."
The 20-strong cycling team will be stopping off at rugby grounds, including Rodney Parade, Newport, Cardiff's Millennium Stadium, the Liberty Stadium, Swansea and Parc y Scarlets, Llanelli.
So far a total of £700 has been raised in memory of the Network Rail project manager.
His Gowerton-based widow Claire Jones said she was pleased the event was being held.
"There will be other top players taking part in the bike ride as well," she said.
"I think it's a really good idea, it's going to a charity who were absolutely fantastic when Tony needed them."
Go to www.justgiving.com/ Gowerton-RFC2013bikeride to sponsor the cyclists.