OG Doddie supporters complete tough Norwegian ski challenge

Adam Dudgeon (Goodacre’s 04-09) and Gareth Davies (Patchell’s 04-09) skied in the brutal Birkebeiner cross country ski race (54km) in Norway last weekend. 

The OG pair were raising funds for the legendary ex-Scottish rugby player Doddie Weir and his charity, dedicated to researching the causes and investigating potential cures of Motor Neurone Disease. 

The race began early on the morning of Saturday 17 March 2018 in a toasty (!) -19c as the boys left the town of Rena. Seven hours and 54km later they finished in Lillehammer, crossing the line with a rendition of Scotland the Brave and Highland Cathedral ​on bagpipes they had carried throughout the race. The best bit of the day? They arrived to the news that Scotland had clinched victory in Rome!

A great day and the kilts were hugely popular, leading to many Norwegian spectators forcing shots of Jaegermeister (note to Ed. at 35% proof, yeah, do we really believe it was ‘forced’?!) down their throats mid-race. All in the name of charity.

Tune in at 9hr 40mins on this YouTube clip to watch some tired bagpipers giving a short interview to Norwegian TV

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ehnYi646MX8

​Doddie Weir was recently diagnosed with MND: since his diagnosis, there has been unbelievable support, particularly amongst the rugby community, both in Scotland and internationally.

Well done lads.

Gareth Davies