Charlie & Toby this week's Local Heroes!

Charlie & Toby this week's Local Heroes!

Whether you're running a 5K or clocking up plenty of miles on the bike, there's no doubt that everyone has tried to do their part to stay fit during lockdown.

However, in the case of young rugby players Charlie Brett and Toby Gray - this week's It's Good 2 Give Local Heroes - the capital duo have raised an inspiring amount of money after taking on a staggering fitness challenge in the name of charity.

Between 11am on Saturday 27 June and 11am on Sunday 28 June, the pair managed to row 2km, run 3km and cycle 10km on the hour, every hour - a total of 360kms each in 24 hours - to raise vital funds for both Cancer Research UK and NHS Charities Together.

After setting an initial target of £2000, the pair have blown that figure out the water and have thus far managed to raise £16,370 - 818% of their original goal!

It's an amazing achievement by Charlie - who turns out for Currie Chieftains - and Toby - currently in his final year at Merchiston Castle - with the duo taking on the challenge in their local area of Collinton, where they encouraged spectators to tune in via Zoom.

The challenge also saw each of Charlie and Toby's sisters get involved, as they ran a bake sale with all proceeds again going to charity.

Ahead of the challenge, the pair caught up with Gary Heatly for Talking Rugby Union and said:

“During the early part of the lockdown period we were keeping in touch via WhatsApp and we were keen to keep ourselves as fit as we could and not let our fitness levels drop with a break from rugby coming in,” explained Brett, the 21-year-old who plays for Currie Chieftains in the Tennent’s Premiership.

“We saw that Southern Knights’ Super6 captain Craig Jackson had taken on this type of challenge for 12 hours and I thought it would be good to replicate it. Toby agreed, but being younger and perhaps more of a risk taker than me, he said ‘why don’t we do it for 24 hours?’

Gray continued: “I wanted to really make the challenge something we really had to focus on and work hard towards because we are raising money for a great charity.

“We started our training by going for 4 or 5km runs around the block and then over the last couple of weeks we have had the treadmill, the static bike and the rowing machine all in position and that has allowed us to test out the logistics of the challenge and how each hour will pan out.

Brett, who has previously played Touch for Scotland, adds: “It is great to be able to do the challenge together because we will be able to push each other on when times get tough during the period while our respective parents have been a great support to us both."

Although Charlie and Toby have completed their challenge, you can still donate to charity via their Just Giving Page!


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