Hodgson to take on 'Alpine Challenge'

  • Hodgson to walk three peaks in three countries over three days
  • Challenge is in aid of Restart Rugby charity
  • To sponsor Charlie on his challenge, visit his JustGiving charity page

After hanging up his boots following a glittering career that saw him amass 2623 Premiership points, former England fly-half Charlie Hodgson could be forgiven for taking things easy in his first season off in 16 years.

Far from it, instead the former Sale and Saracens star will be taking on a charity challenge that will see him cover more than 60km and ascend a total of 4,500m in three days, climbing Testa Della Tronche in Italy, Tete Ronde in Switzerland and Mont Buet in France.

Hodgson, who was capped 38 times by England and remains the all-time leading Premiership points scorer, will join former England and British & Irish Lions back row, Ben Clarke, a veteran of 43 tests and 78 Premiership appearances as well as Lee Mears who played 42 times by England, featuring in two World Cups.

He admitted to being “slightly daunted” by the challenge, but jumped at the opportunity to help raise money for what Hodgson sees as an important charity for the game – Restart Rugby.

“I’ve done a few walks in preparation but only for a day and then I’ve gone back to work,” said Hodgson. “Three different walks in the alps will be a lot different. I’m interested to see how I get on.

“I’ve not done anything like this before, during my playing career you don’t get to do things like this so as soon as I was asked the question I had no hesitation in saying yes. 

“It’s such a crucial charity we have for our players’ union and it’s good to be able to support it.”

Hodgson says he will be “underprepared” for the challenge which will see the englandrugby.com columnist  tackle three peaks in three countries over three days and is set to take place from 11-15 September. 

“If I’m honest I’ve not done too much training for it, I’ve done two walks and that was on relatively flat land in Yorkshire,” he admitted.

“I’m just going to try and wing it and see what happens. I’m completely under prepared but we’ll see.” 

Restart Rugby, is the official charity of The Rugby Players’ Association, and one Hodgson is happy to back.

The charity supports players who have been injured while playing rugby and who have to retire as a result

“Those players get all types of support when they finish, both financial as well as psychological support and support for their family if needed," he explained.

Hodgson, who retired at the end of last season, added: “I was one of the lucky ones who got to retire on my own terms but each year people have to retire through injury so it’s important to support the charity because they do such good things.” 

To sponsor Charlie on his challenge, visit his JustGiving charity page here:

To join Charlie and co, you can book one of the last few remaining places by contacting Sam Baring on 020 3053 6670 or sbaring@theRPA.co.uk