Rugby League Cares is delighted to announce that SPEC Ltd engineering company will be swapping electrical power for pedal power as official partners of the 2018 UK Red Ride to Wembley.

The company who are now global already has Rugby League in its DNA as associate sponsors of Super League champions Leeds Rhinos and have agreed to be active supporters of RL Cares’ major fundraising venture.

As well as generous financial backing, SPEC Ltd will be represented on the 300-mile off-road ride from Old Trafford to Wembley Stadium in August by two senior directors, Ian Needham and Mike Middleton along with Mike’s son, Matthew who also works for SPEC LTD. All of whom have volunteered to take part in the epic five-day challenge which takes place between Monday August 20 and Friday August 24, the eve of the 2018 Ladbrokes Challenge Cup final.

“Rugby League Cares is such a great cause and it’s fantastic that we have this opportunity to help the charity raise the funds it needs to do all it does within the rugby league community” said Technical Director Ian Needham.

“We are huge Rugby League fans and when the chance to be involved in the Ride to Wembley came along we didn’t give it a second thought, 300 miles, most of them off-road, in just five days is going to be a massive challenge for the three of us but we’re looking forward to riding alongside some real Rugby League legends.” said Engineering Director Mike Middleton.

The 22 riders on the Ride to Wembley include former Leeds centre Chev Walker and ex-Headingley favourite Gareth Ellis, the man who hoisted the Challenge Cup trophy as captain of Hull FC in 2016 and 2017. Other former players include ex-Castleford Tigers prop Andy Lynch, Bradford Bulls and New Zealand legend Robbie Hunter-Paul and current Sheffield Eagles assistant coach Keith Senior, who will be driving one of the support vehicles.

Chris Rostron, the Head of Rugby League Cares, said: “We are delighted to welcome SPEC Ltd on board as official partners of the 2018 UK Red Ride to Wembley and are very grateful for their generous support.

“I am sure Ian, Mike and Matthew will enjoy the week and create memories that will last a lifetime, as well as playing important roles in our fundraising drive.”

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SPEC Ltd has been providing high voltage network power solutions to a wide range of clients for over 18 years.

With a head office in Wakefield and base’s around the UK, SPEC Ltd have built an excellent reputation within the industry for delivering projects with an outstanding safety record on time and within budget. The company offers a comprehensive portfolio of electrical services, offering the solution to meet the unique requirements of clients, both large and small.

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