A RUGBY CLUB in Glasgow are running a fundraiser this weekend instead of their annual trip.

Dalziel Rugby Club, based in Motherwell, are running a charity fundraiser starting on Saturday.

The club has taken part in Warsaw's annual Rugby Festival every year since 2004.

This year the Festival should have taken place this month, but was cancelled due to the coronavirus crisis.

Members of Dalziel Rugby Club are now asking players from all age groups and club members to travel a combined 2253km - the distance from Dalziel Park to Warsaw.

The funds will raise money to share between Beatson Cancer Charity and Warsaw Rugby's chosen charity, Prometeusz Dla Seniorów, who provide assistance and advice to the elderly in Poland.

The club are aiming to walk, run, cycle and row 2253 kilometres over seven days, raising £2253 for the chosen charities.

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Elaine Neilson, Communications Officer at Dalziel Rugby Club, told The Glasgow Times: “We want to celebrate the strong links and friendships that have been built over the years between tournament hosts, Warsaw Frogs & Co and Dalziel Rugby Club.

"We know charities fundraising abilities are hugely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and wanted to do something to help our partner, Beatson Cancer Charity and Frog’s chosen charity Prometeusz Dla Seniorów who provide assistance and advice to the elderly in Poland.

“Over the past few weeks we have been running weekly team challenges to encourage players to stay active during the rugby shutdown, within Social Distancing guidelines.

"As the combined team distances increased week by week we wanted to set ourselves a significant challenge.

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"Our Social Convenor, Jamie Muir suggested travelling the equivalent distance from Motherwell to Warsaw in seven days. We had a senior team who had planned on attending the tournament next weekend and it’s fitting that we will have a virtual presence while supporting two very worthwhile charities.

"There is a real buzz about the club with players from all age groups, coaches and members keen to contribute to the 2253km target by walking, running and cycling.

“Donations are being collected through Just Giving and with a few days until the challenge begins we have already raised almost half of our £2253 target.”

Donations can be made on the Club's Justgiving page.