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Find out who’s the king of the office in Salford Red Devils Foundation #RidetoRio challenge


Inter-office competition will be rife this July when Salford firms join a virtual 3,000-mile race to Rio de Janieiro.

Salford Red Devils Foundation, the community arm of the Super League club, is organising a static bike ‘race’ to support ex-player Paul Highton, who will cycle across the globe to raise money for Rugby League Cares, and cancer charity the Jane Tomlinson Appeal.

Read: Ex-Devil saddles up for epic 3,000-mile challenge

Before Paul sets off with his team in July, teams of up to six riders are being invited to the Trafford Centre to battle it out and see who can go the furthest distance, with miles logged using fitness apps.

So if you think it’s time to settle an office score, now’s your chance.

On Friday 29 and Saturday 30 July celebrity stars, Salford Red Devils players and workers from Greater Manchester and beyond will race for the title.

The day will feature corporate races, junior and adult challenges and celebrity challenges too.

Read: Teen rugby stars snap up two-year deal with help of Salford Red Devils Foundation

And another great good cause in the Josh Wilson Brain Tumour Charity has been added to the list of charities supported by the Ride to Rio challenge.

Josh Wilson, 14, was a life long Salford Red Devils supporter. He passed away in 2014.

Highton is delighted to have the support of the club that he played for from 1996 to 2009, saying: “It’s brilliant that Foundation are supporting me throughout this adventure, and the virtual cycling challenge is a great way to get people involved and raising money for these causes.

“All of the charities we are raising money for do fantastic work and I’m really glad that we have this opportunity to make as much money as possible.”

Salford Red Devils Foundation Director Mark Brocklehurst is delighted to be able to host the fundraising event.

He said: “When Paul first told me about the challenge I was amazed at what he was taking on.

“It’s a great adventure for a some great causes and this is a fantastic opportunity for people to get involved in a fun event and raise some money thats going to make a real difference in people’s lives.”

For more information or to book your company’s place on the challenge, email john.blackburn@reddevilsrugby.co.uk or call 07762732790 or 0161 7861591.

Find out more about Salford Red Devils Foundation here

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Tom Rodgers

Tom is SalfordOnline.com's News Editor and community co-ordinator.