Scots tennis club cycling to Wimbledon in charity challenge

Members of Rutherglen Lawn Tennis Club are raising funds for charity through the eight-day challenge.

Scots tennis club cycling to Wimbledon in charity challenge Submitted

A group of 12 Scots are cycling from Rutherglen to London whilst playing tennis along the way.

The Rutherglen Lawn Tennis Club team set off on the Peloton to Wimbledon challenge last Sunday and hope to reach the home of the iconic tennis tournament in eight days.

They want to raise £30,000 for the Greggs Foundation and other projects during the 724km journey from Viewpark to Wimbledon.

On Wednesday, having cycled 75km from the Yorkshire Dales, they played tennis outside York Minster cathedral.

The team get people to play a game of tennis outside York Minster cathedral.Submitted

Gareth Ellor, club president, said: “The guys’ legs are tired after the cycle but a bit of tennis helps loosen the muscles.

“To get such a positive reaction, really lifted everybody’s spirits.”

The group have been clad in tennis brand Wilson’s new Minions kit, inspired by the animated children’s comedy film.

The sports brand also gave the crew portable tennis equipment to help encourage people young and old to play a game on the route.

They have already managed to convince some customers at the highest pub in Britain, the Tan Hill Inn, to play some mini tennis.

The Peloton to Wimbledon crew get customers at Britain's highest pub to play some tennis.Submitted

Gareth said: “Everything we do is about getting more people playing tennis.”

The team also want to raise cash for their Project 100, aiming to fund covered courts at the club’s site, celebrating its centenary next year.

They hope the covered courts will encourage more people to play tennis rain, hail or shine.

Aiming to arrive at their destination on Monday, they hope Judy Murray will greet them as they prepare to enjoy some championship tennis.

To donate to the Rutherglen Lawn Tennis Club’s Peloton to Wimbledon fundraiser visit here.

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