UGRL heading for Rome in going global challenge

We are now three weeks into the University of Gloucestershire Rugby League side’s going global challenge and the side find themselves still two weeks ahead of schedule! 

In the ‘UGRL Goes Global’ challenge, the Rugby League side are looking to cover the world (61,576 km) over the next 70 weeks and ‘visit’ all of the nations qualified for the RLWC 2021.

The challenge itself is in support of the Steve Prescott Foundation, named after the late full-back. And the Gloucestershire boys continue to exceed initial expectations!

After coving 2,928.80km after the second week, they have motored this week and find themselves on 4,491.61km – meaning that they are over 300km ahead of the target for the end of the 5th week! 

Last week the squad found themselves pressing on towards Perpignan and not only have they ran, walked and cycled through the French town, they have also been to Madrid and are now on the way to the Italian capital.

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This week we have spoken to Social Secretary Adam Harrington, who discusses the challenge and how he has given his take on getting involved in clocking up the km’s.

“I am one of two socials secs of the 19/20 season so being on the committee when we came up with idea was brilliant, from the initial SU challenge the effort the boys showed to create this idea and get the turnaround for a launch a few days later was just astonishing.

The challenge has been enjoyable nonetheless as it has given me reason to get out in the sun during lockdown – which is a much needed break from doing uni work!

But it also fits nicely as I set myself a personal goal of cycling 1000 miles during lockdown but now that those miles can go towards an end goal it has given me more drive to get out there and try and beat my target and help with the challenge as much as possible!” 

Harrington is looking to use the early weeks to clock up the extra miles and is looking ahead to the final finish next October, when the UGRL side will be joined by members of the Steve Prescott Foundation in cycle finish up to St James’ Park.

“As a keen cyclist I have been getting out on my bike most days racking up the miles towards the target and getting ready for the big Gloucester to Newcastle cycle next year – which as the most experienced cyclist I have been put in charge of planning the route and stops we are going to take! 

Overall though I am so proud of how the boys have bit into this challenge and how we have hit the ground running with all club members involved, whether they are currently playing or Old Boys.

The distance we have covered in the time so far is phenomenal and it’s just now a case of keeping the boys going so we can smash the target and do what we can for the Steve Prescott Foundation.”

If you wish to show your support for the team and the incredible Steve Prescott Foundation please donate on their JustGiving page here – or by going to

You can also keep up to date with the UGRL side’s progress on their new social media accounts designated to the challenge, just search UGRLGoesGlobal on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram


*Cover photo provided by UGRL and was taken by and copyright with Jade Parkinson*