In Memory of David Hill cyclists set out for Dublin

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Scotland rugby supporters set out on a poignant fund-raising cycle at the weekend in memory of one of their own.

David Hill, an aide at the Scottish Parliament, died two years ago from a hitherto undiagnosed heart condition. He was only 30.

He had been playing for the Scottish Parliament rugby team against their Irish counterparts when he collapsed.

This weekend, the David Hill Memorial Quaich will be contested again when the Irish Dail and Seanad take on the Scottish Parliament at Donnybrook in Dublin.

And the match ball is already on its way, being delivered the 320 miles (plus ferry trip) from Edinburgh to Dublin by the Cycle4David team.

The team, led by David’s father Rodger Hill and his wife Lesley, set out from Scottish Gas Murrayfield Stadium on Saturday.

They were joined initially by Scottish Parliament Presiding Officer Alison Johnstone and by Scottish Rugby’s Past President, Ian Rankin, and were set on their way by Scottish Rugby’s ambassador, Chris Paterson.