Host of rugby legends sign up for Feed The Heroes virtual relay 3 years ago

Host of rugby legends sign up for Feed The Heroes virtual relay

"I'm calling spoof to so many 5ks out there!"


On Saturday, May 9, we have the return of some sporting action, and it is all for a good cause. The Big Rugby Run will reignite some old rivalries and will give many of us a good excuse to get out and stretch our legs.

With many of us confined to our homes for long stretches of the past six weeks, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the only trips outside are often for a bit of exercise.

Former Munster and Leicester star Johne Murphy is fronting a great fundraising initiative that is bringing a bit of competition into our lives, all within that two kilometres radius of our homes.

The Big Rugby Run is taking place from 10am on Saturday, May 9. It’s being organised by PSA Academies for Feed The Heroes, a fundraising initiative that is providing essential and nutritious meals to frontline heroes fighting Covid-19 here.


The event is a fundraising team virtual relay challenge. The minimum distance is 2km per person and the goal is to run either 21km or 42km. Once you run your leg of the relay, you can tag your teammate on social media to pass the virtual baton.

On the latest episode of Baz & Andrew's House of Rugby, Barry Murphy spoke out The Big Rugby Run to Andrew Trimble [from 11:00 below] and explained how Marcus Horan could yet be his team's secret weapon.


"I've joined up for this thing that Johne Murphy has set up," Murphy began.

"It is a charity run where you have to enter a team of people and it's been organised by the PSA Academies for Feed The Heroes. We're each doing a five kilometre run between our team. We've got a team of myself, Fla, Marcus Horan, Mike Sherry, Mossy Lawlor, Ronan O'Mahony and Cathal Sheridan as our captain.

"We have to do it as a relay race and clock our time for our five kilometres. Now, we've got three front rows in there, which I'm a little worried about, and I'm slow as hell right now. That's worrying, but it's for a good cause and we'll have a few drinks at the end of it."

Trimble points out that Jerry Flannery is 'not your typical front-row' while Mike Sherry and Marcus Horan were props that could shift when push came to shove. "You've no Mike Ross' in there!" Trimble joked.

Mike Ross is not in the mix yet but but the event organisers have announced the inclusion of a Leinster ex pros team, which includes the likes of Gordon D'Arcy, Dominic Ryan, Malcolm O'Kelly and Shane Jennings.


Horan, who retired from rugby in 2013, has been tipping away with regular long-distance runs and Murphy remarks that he can't but be notified of the former prop's latest outing every time he logs onto Facebook.

"I'm calling spoof to so many 5ks out there. There's people running Moses Kiptanui-style times out there. There's no way they're getting these times.

"I'm calling bullshit on my barber. He hasn't ran in about 10 years and he's putting up 21 minutes for his 5ks. He's definitely taking little pauses between his runs [and stopping the clock]."

The run is open for all comers who can put a team together, so scroll down your contacts and see if you can get the old rugby gang back together again for a very good cause.


More information on The Big Rugby Run can be found here.



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