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The GB Gold Medallists that are the driving force of the athlete purpose movement, Legacy 300, have launched a unique fundraising drive for community rugby clubs.

The Beat the Medallist challenge series centres around VIP hosted challenges in numerous sports enabling individuals or team entries to generate funds for rugby clubs or chosen good causes as well as competing against rival clubs in more neutral sporting arenas.

As they have already raised £506K for good causes through the Legacy 300 project, the athletes are hoping that the blanket coverage of the Tokyo games, will encourage rugby and other sports clubs to engage their members family, employers’, and friends to support participants as they take on GB Gold Medallists.


Each event will see the Olympic athletes set a target time on the day, those who fundraise for their club through provided auction platforms and donation pages, will get time bonuses to help them surpass the Gold Standard time. The more they raise the more chance they have to Beat the Medallist.

The challenge series starts with the first national event, Rugby Revolutions, involving the GB Cyclists on November 12th at the Olympic Velodrome with the series continuing in 2022 with the GB Rowers and GB Slalom Canoeists hosting challenges at the iconic venues of Henley on Thames and the Olympic WhiteWater Centre, with further sporting events taking place as the project unfolds.

GB Cycling Gold Medallist Phil Hindes was looking forward to being part of this unique series having already posted a video message on social media urging people to get behind the Legacy 300 project. “As sports people we would love to see the vast majority of the next £500K we raise in donations to support grass root sports clubs. It is a great opportunity for cycling enthusiasts to be the focal point of the clubs fundraising. Looking forward to seeing as many clubs as possible represented on our charity days and helping propel your club to victory and help towards crowning you as champions. I will not ease of, I want to win as well.”

The project is looking to add to the £506K raised in donations by the Olympic athlete initiative Legacy 300, which sees participants pay for exclusive experience days themselves and create donations on top.

Interested rugby playing cyclists are invited to email or visit the events page for further details on the Beat the Medallist project.



It is with immeasurable sadness that we have to report the tragic loss of Hawks second-row forward, Dave Hyde who passed away following our game against Old Albanian at Dry Leas last Saturday. Dave was taken to John Radcliffe hospital in Oxford where he died later that evening.


A gentle giant and strong family man, he joined Henley from fellow Oxfordshire side Witney in 2016 and quickly became a mainstay in the Hawks pack making 109 appearances, where his power and aerial abilities caused opposition defences plenty of problems. He also represented Oxfordshire in the County Championship, where he was part of the side that beat Sussex in the final at Twickenham in 2017. Dave was a destructive ball carrier, who possessed the innate ability to offload out of contact with opposition players left trailing behind him. The delicate skills he learned during his basketball days helped him become a ball-playing second-row with a great touch.


One of the first names on the teamsheet, he was a team man first and foremost, he played the game for the team and for the men that took the field with him. He epitomised loyalty, friendship, trust and sacrifice, all the qualities that made him a true asset to Henley as a player, but more importantly a true friend, brother, son, husband and father.


As a club, we have been overwhelmed by the messages of support and goodwill from the rugby community, in which Dave was such a well-known and popular figure. We send our heartfelt gratitude to everyone who has taken the time to contact us.


As a mark of respect, the Hawks game at home against Hinckley this Saturday has been postponed. We would like to thank Hinckley for their understanding and will announce the new date for this fixture in due course.


Our thoughts are with Dave’s wife, Katherine and their son Tore, all of his family and many friends. We miss him dearly and there will be a big part of the club gone, but never forgotten.

Board changes after the AGM (13 July 2021)


We wish to announce some changes to our board after the AGM.


Our Secretary becomes Doug Humphries, replacing Kaz East and our Age Grade Rugby Development Chair becomes David Walkden who replaces Phillippe Peirsegaele.


We are delighted that Kaz continues to support ORFU and takes the role of International Ticket Secretary and Patrons Coordinator.


The board and clubs at the AGM unanimously voted to thank both Kaz and Phillippe for their excellent service in support of rugby in Oxfordshire.




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