Wales international Adrian Hadley to swap rugby kit for climbing boots and cycling shorts in charity double header challenge

Former Wales rugby international Adrian Hadley will be leading from the front when he pulls on a different pair of boots to tackle the grueling Three Peaks Challenge and a Paris to Cardiff cycling marathon.

Wing Adrian, who played for Cardiff RFC, represented his country 27 times scoring nine tries before switching codes and turning out for Salford, Widnes and Sale Sharks.

Now the Deputy Chief Executive with Newport-based St David’s Hospice Care Adrian will tackle the three highest peaks in England, Scotland and Wales to help raise a target £5,000 for the hospice at home charity.

Responsible for the Gwent hospice at home charity’s thirty shops, finance and HR departments Adrian, aged 48, is part of a 21 person South Wales team aiming to climb  Ben Nevis (1,344m), Scafell Pike (978m) and Snowdon (1, 085m) in that order and all in 24 hours.

Prior to the challenge and as part of the training for the arduous event Adrian, who eight years ago rode from Land’s End to John  O’Groats for charity,  will be taking part in a charity cycle ride from Paris to Cardiff also is aid of St David’s.

Adrian said: “I have managed to keep relatively fit since hanging up my rugby boots however the Land’s End to John O’Groats cycle ride I did a few years ago really took it out of me. The Paris to Cardiff cycle ride and then the 3 Peaks Challenge is sure to really test my stamina and reserves.”

The Paris to Cardiff charity bike ride starts on Sunday, May 13, while the 3 Peaks Challenge is over the weekend of July 6 & 7.

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