’Shire set for rugby marathon

This weekend Wigtownshire RFC is holding a 24-hour touch rugby event.

Players will be taking part in games of touch through the night, kicking off at 7pm on on Friday, June 14. The final whistle will blow at 7pm the next day. This will be the second year they have undertaken this rugby marathon.

The players at the club are keen to support rugby development. As part of their commitment to do this they have decided test their endurance again.

A playing area will be marked out near the clubhouse on the London Road playing fields, Stranraer.

When the light fades the training lights and a couple of sets of portable lighting units will see them through the darker hours of night.

The event is open to allcomers, young or old, male or female. The aim is to raise funds to support development of rugby locally, at micro (P1-P3), mini (P4-P7), midi (S1-S4), under-18s, schools, and senior women and men.

Participation in the event on the day will be on “a donation to play” basis for anyone who wishes to join in. However, if you do not feel so energetic you can still take part. All you have to do is guess the total of the number of tries that will be scored during the 24 hours. It costs £2 a guess and if you are nearest you win £50. In the event of more than one winner, the prize will be awarded by ballot.

Last year everyone had a great time but they learned that they really need help on the Saturday morning as, after 14 hours, the legs are getting a bit heavy.

If you fancy a go at rugby, this is great way to try it out. Touch rugby is great fun. It’s all about running and passing and, of course, importantly scoring. The tackle is replaced by a touch so anybody can join in and play with or against each other: mums, dads, children, grandparents. Go along and join in, help the ’Shire rugby boys and girls. One thing is for sure: it will be fun.