Thursday 24 October 2013 

Darren and cycling team close in on £200,000 after riding from Durham to Lord's

Darren Maddy gets off his bike at Trent Bridge following a gruelling leg in the Big Bike Ride
 

Former Warwickshire all-rounder Darren Maddy and a host of past and present cricketers are on course to surpass their fund-raising target for two of the game’s best-known charities after a mammoth cycle trek.

Darren joined the likes of England hero Andrew Flintoff, international ODI & t20 star Jos Buttler, Somerset’s Marcus Trescothick, former England bowler Alan Mullally, ex-New Zealand international Hamish Marshall, Essex’s Graham Napier, Surrey’s Gareth Batty, Middlesex’s James Harris, and Durham’s Phil Mustard for the 441-mile journey between the Emirates Durham ICG and Lords.

They were joined by a host of fellow county professionals and cricket administrators, including CEO and Chairman of Surrey CCC & Somerset CCC, Richard Gould, Richard Thompson, Guy Lavender and Andy Nash, as well as Tom’s father, former Glamorgan and England batsman, Matt Maynard.

Organisers of the Big Bike Ride  are currently £10,000 short of collecting £200,000 for the Tom Maynard Trust and PCA Benevolent Fund after cycling from Durham to Lord’s.

Yet following overwhelming support from friends, family, sponsors, and members of the public – and with monies still outstanding – they are confident of surpassing the six figure sum.

The ride, which began on Friday 18th October, saw a host of cricketers, administrators and fans of the game ride over some of the most testing terrain in England, with the route also taking them to Headingley, Emirates Old Trafford and Trent Bridge.

They arrived at the Home of Cricket to a hero’s welcome on Tuesday 22nd October shortly after covering the 441 miles in five days, and capped off proceedings yesterday by attending the PCA’s Ashes Farewell Lunch for Alastair Cook’s England team.

Both the PCA Benevolent Fund and Tom Maynard Trust are grateful to everyone who pledged money on their BT Donate page http://thepca.co.uk/confirmed-riders.html or by buying a lot at the auction. Donations will be accepted until 23rd November 2013.

PCA Assistant Chief Executive, Jason Ratcliffe, who sits as a trustee of the Benevolent Fund and the TMT, said: “It was a herculean effort by all those concerned and both charities are indebted to each and every cyclist who put themselves through the mill.

“We are also very appreciative of our generous sponsors who offered tremendous financial support, those that fed, watered, and put us up, as well as those that patched up both our bikes and us when we needed help.”

Matt Maynard said: “It was a very emotional five days for all of this involved and we owe a huge debt of gratitute to everyone who contributed, not just those who went through the pain barrier but everyone who made it happen.”

To learn more about the charities please see the following short videos: PCA Benevolent Fund http://vimeo.com/64823556 and Tom Maynard Trust http://vimeo.com/73291109

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.

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