Thursday 19 September 2013 

Maddy Ready to Start Peddling for the Pounds


Darren Maddy is to take part in a five day bike ride next month in a bid to raise £200,000 for two of cricket’s leading charities.

The Warwickshire batsman, who has already raised £1,500 towards his £5,000 target, will embark on the 441 mile trek from Durham to London starting on October 18th.

The ride, which begins at the Emirates ICG will take in a number of England’s leading cricket grounds during its five day course before finishing at Lord’s.

Featuring over 60 participants from across the country, it is in support of both the Professional Cricketer’s Association’s Benevolent Fund and the Tom Maynard Trust.

Darren said: “It’s going to be tough cycling that far in five days but I’ve been training hard and am really looking forward to the challenge. They are two fantastic charities and it would be great if Warwickshire supporters could get behind both them and me.”

In order to support Darren please follow the link to his BT Donate page here:

Among the current and former cricketers accompanying him on the ride are England hero Darren Gough, England one day star Jos Buttler, Somerset’s Marcus Trescothick, Durham’s Phil Mustard, Surrey’s Gareth Batty, Middlesex’s James Harris, and Essex’s Graham Napier.

They will be joined by a host of fellow county professionals and cricket administrators, including CEOs and Chairmen of Surrey CCC & Somerset CCC, Richard Gould, Richard Thompson, Guy Lavender and Andy Nash, as well as Tom’s father, former Glamorgan batsman, Matt, and his sister Ceri.

Tom Maynard Trust was set up in 2012 following the tragic loss of Surrey star Tom. It aims to help the development of aspiring, disadvantaged cricketers and other sportspeople requiring support in their careers.

The Benevolent Fund was founded by the PCA to help current and former players and their dependants in times of hardship, upheaval, or to readjust to the world beyond the professional game.

Riders will make their way to Headingley in Leeds from Durham, before heading to Old Trafford in Manchester on a gruelling cross-Pennine route the following day.

They will then take in Trent Bridge, Nottingham on the third day, before passing the County Ground in Derby and Grace Road, and on to Wantage Road, Northampton.

Their final leg departs for Lord’s on October 22rd where it will culminate in the PCA’s Ashes Farewell Lunch for Alastair Cook’s England team, who will be bidding to retain the Investec Ashes in Australia.

The event is being generously supported by the headline sponsors Brewin Dolphin, as well as Buxton Water, Trek Bycycle Coventry and Cotswold Cycles.

Additional support is also being offered by Jaguar, who have donated 3 XF Sportsbrakes with roof racks, which will prove provide transport for the mechanics and support staff on the route each day.

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