UKAF Director of Rugby's Nightingale Cycling Challenge

Doc Cox, UK Armed Forces Director of Rugby, Former RNRU Player, U23 DoR and Senior coach, will be taking on an epic 840km cycle from Glasgow to London in just 10 days to raise money for SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity and NHS Charities Together.

Lt Cdr Doc Cox, alongside his team which includes Nathan ‘Pony’ Moore, will be travelling 840km from Glasgow SEC (NHS Louisa Jordan) to the NHS Nightingale Hospital at the Excel in London, to raise money for SSAFA and NHS Charities Together.

In Doc’s 38 and a half years of service he has always had a strong connection with rugby, even when on operation. In 2008, he helped coach the inaugural Afghanistan national players, then in Tanzania, Ukraine. More recently Doc has been has been out on the Nigerian training paddocks helping to develop local sides and players. In 2019, he took on the role of Director of Rugby for the UK Armed Forces Rugby team.

Doc said: “I wanted to do something to say ‘thank you very much’ to the NHS for all that they’ve done during Covid-19 over the last 12 to 16 months, and also to SSAFA for the support that they’ve given families during this incredible unprecedented time.”

“I suppose you can tie that also into the fact that servicemen and women last year were paramount in building the Nightingale centres. It’s a way of saying thank you to them/”

“I am excited to be taking on this challenge for two incredible charities: SSAFA and NHS Charities Together. It will be incredibly tough as I attempt to cycle 840km in just 10 days, but it will be worth it when I reach NHS Nightingale in London on Sunday 6th July.”

The cycle challenge is estimated to take 10 days, beginning on Friday 25th June, and finishing on Sunday 6th July at the NHS Nightingale Hospital at the Excel in London.

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