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Bob, Me and a Metal Knee: A Cycle through Spain

By John Swankie

An entertaining and insightful record of an ageing brickie's cycle adventure through a strip of rural Spain that will hopefully raise funds for two worthy causes.

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All proceeds from this book will be evenly divided between My Name’5 Doddie Foundation and the Murrayfield Injured Players Foundation (MIPF):





When I first mooted my intended cycle trip a few people suggested that I ‘do it for charity’, but I wasn’t comfortable with the idea as I didn’t want the inevitable pressure to complete my adventure to a deadline!

I also find it odd to ask for money to do something you ultimately love.

So as usual, I have gone about things in my own way and decided that, having left school at fifteen with no qualifications or scholastic intent but to spend my working life as a bricklayer/builder, writing a book (no matter how short), would be pain enough to allow me the audacity to ask for donations/payment.

As a retired rugby player and long-time supporter of the game, both of the causes I have chosen are close to my heart and worthy of support.

After being diagnosed with MND (Motor Neurone Disease), Doddie has decided to use his celebrity and remaining years to raise funds to help sufferers and hopefully find an eventual cure through research.

MIPF wonderfully ensures that anyone participating in our sport who suffers a life changing injury will be given support and help, as long as needed.

My wish through this small record of my mini adventure is to hopefully add to both funds and help both charities to carry on their good work.

I sincerely hope you enjoy the read and think it was a few quid well spent.


P.S. I have, as it turns out, hugely enjoyed the whole experience!


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