Never a man to idly sit around, Bees’ Chairman of Rugby Dai Phillips will be embarking on a major challenge this summer to raise funds to support Birmingham & Solihull Rugby Club.
“LEJOG4THEBOG”, aka as the Bees’ Cess Pit Challenge, will see five blokes of varying vintages and fitness cycle from Lands’ End to John O’Groats (LEJOG) to raise money for a new Cess Pit (THEBOG) at Portway.
Like all grassroots rugby clubs, the Bees has an on-going need to raise funds from a variety of sources - not only to meet day to day running costs - but also to pay for improvements to its facilities.
Our intrepid cycling quintet (Dai Phillips, Ben Phillips, Phil Millichap, Mark Roberts and Jack “Spuff” Spuffard) have come up with daring plan to raise £13,000 to install a much-needed new cess pit at the Portway ground. Not very romantic I know, but a vital part of the club’s infrastructure which has frankly seen better days.
Any money left over will go towards other improvement schemes in the pipeline (if you forgive the pun), which include mending a very leaky roof and perhaps even installing some new floodlights too.
Setting off on 21st June, the “infamous five” hope to complete the challenge over 13 buttock clenching days in the saddle, on a route which will cover 1,030 miles. No mean feat, especially when you consider the general fitness levels of some of the participants!
They will be nursed along throughout their journey by a mobile support team (hopefully with a suitable first aid kit on board) and they will be posting regular updates via social media (doubtless splattered with needless toilet humour) throughout their epic journey.
Donations however great or small will be gratefully received and will be just reward for their endeavours. Importantly, it will help on-going efforts to maintain and improve a community sports facility, which continues to facilitate participation in sport from the age of 7 upwards.
You can donate through the LEJOG4THEBOG Just Giving page at
LEJOG4THEBOG JustGiving Page
Updated 22:13 - 1 Jun 2017 by Richard Smith
We will keep you posted on Dai & Co’s progress as they take on this epic challenge.