Cricketers Mark Wallace and Dave Harrison cycle in friend Tom Maynard's memory
10:43am Thursday 17th October 2013 in News
TWO cricketers are to take part in a five-day bike ride to raise funds in memory of a fellow cricketer.
Glamorgan County Cricket Club captain Mark Wallace, from Crickhowell, and former Glamorgan cricketer Dave Harrison, from Pontypool, will take part in the 2013 Big Bike Ride to raise funds and awareness for the PCA Benevolent Fund and the Tom Maynard Trust.
The 484 mile ride will begin at Durham cricket ground on Friday, October 18, and visit grounds across England before finishing at Lord’s on Tuesday, October 22.
The Tom Maynard Trust was set up in memory of the former Glamorgan cricketer, who died last year aged 23.
Mr Harrison, 32, who is now the head of analysis and assistant coach at Glamorgan, said: “I knew him pretty well. When he was coming through a few of us took him under our wings, and he came on my stag trip and to my wedding.
“It was a very sad time for everybody (when he died) but hopefully with this now we can raise as much money as we can for two great charities.
“I wouldn’t say I’m looking forward to the ride but it will be great to raise the money!”
The cricketers hope to collectively raise £1,500 each from the bike ride to try and reach a target of £200,000.
Mr Wallace added: “We are a bit apprehensive about the bike ride – the farthest I have cycled is 40 miles around Usk so it is going to be a bit different!
“We had a short training ride a couple of weeks ago which put things in to perspective.
“The first day is going to be the longest – cycling 100 miles, so we just hope the weather is OK and there are enough daylight hours.
“The cause is really important to us as we are cycling for PCA Benevolent Fund that cares for cricketers fallen on hard times and the Tom Maynard Trust, as Tom was a good friend of ours.
“We still really miss Tom and the opportunity to raise money in his name is something that people have really taken to.
“There have been a lot of good deeds in the past year or two, with people raising money for the cause, so this is another chance to raise money for a good cause.”
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