Scotland - 2022

You're doing what?!

That’s right, I plan on running 500 miles in 3 weeks, from rugby club to rugby club around Scotland this September. Last year’s run was incredibly fulfilling and I immediately felt inspired to take The Great Rugger Run to new frontiers.

This challenge combines my love of running and travel to give something back to rugby, the game that has given so much to me.

MND is destroying lives. I watched from afar as my former team-mate, Mike Crisp, bravely battled it and the high-profile cases of Rob Borrow, Doddie Weir and very recently, Ed Slater, have raised more awareness of this cruellest of diseases. It’s with this in mind that I will be supporting the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation during this year’s Great Rugger Run.

Scotland Route for The Great Rugger Run 2022

How it works

In its simplest form, this is a sponsored run. However, The Great Rugger Run is much more than that. It is a journey across a rugby landscape, meeting the characters and hearing about the legends. It’s a search through clubhouses for history and memorabilia. It’s a new kind of rugby tour.

The Day to day

It starts with running. Every day for three weeks I will get up and run for upwards of 20 miles. Every day. Plotting a route through Scottish rugby heartlands I will plod the pavements and trails from rugby club to rugby club across the land.

Tim Tunnicliff - The Great Rugger Run
Paul Couzens - The Great Rugger Run

Visiting clubs

I want to visit as many clubs as I can. I managed 104 last year, is it possible to visit more in Scotland? I want to see the grounds, soak up the clubhouse atmospheres and most importantly – meet the members.

Running is an absolute passion of mine, but meeting the rugby-folk across the land was the highlight of last year’s run. I met some truly incredible and inspirational people and they became the stars of the show.

Lodgings

In addition to meeting rugby-folk at the clubs, being hosted by rugby people was an absolute joy. The opportunity to find out more about the people, the local rugby landscape and the places that mould them was a real priviledge.

I put my faith in the rugby community in 2021 and it was justified as I was generously hosted on 34 out of the 35 nights of last year’s run.

Would you be able to host me this year?

Phil and Sally Westren with Tim Tunnicliff
Kevin Oates with Tim Tunnicliff

Logisitics

I run with a small backpack – just big enough to carry water, a bit of food, some spare layers and, of course, my pack of Great Rugger Run stickers to hand out to anyone that will take one.

I also have with me a larger bag for all the other essentials – the things I need to stay fit and healthy, spare kit, equipment, nutriton, etc.

My bag made it all the way from Cornwall to London last year courtesy of kind strangers who volunteered to drive it between stops. Could you do the same in 2022?

Run with me?

Although I love running on my own, the best experiences are shared. By being out in the fresh air, loving my exercise, I’m hoping to inspire others to do the same.

Would you like to run with me for a few hundred yards, a few miles, a few days or longer?

Chris Stillman with Tim Tunnicliff

Last year

Two years in the making, six months of training, 542 miles, 104 rugby clubs and 142,902 calories over 5 weeks of The Great Rugger Run.

Follow my incredible journey from Lands End to London as I met rugby-folk across the land, recorded videos, wrote blog posts and raised over £7,000 for mental health charities.

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