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Trescothick and Kerr arrive at Lords as 2013 Big Bike Ride ends
1:00pm Wednesday 23rd October 2013 in News
AFTER five days and 440 miles of cycling, Somerset captain Marcus Trescothick and Academy Director Jason Kerr arrived at Lords Cricket Ground yesterday (October 22), to mark the completion of the 2013 Big Bike Ride.
The pair set off from Durham on Friday morning in a group of 62 cyclists, on a route which took them from Durham to Leeds, Manchester, Nottingham, Derby, Leicester and Northampton – eventually arriving at Lords.
The ride was organised as a fundraising and awareness challenge for the PCA Benevolent Fund and the Tom Maynard Trust.
Just under £130,000 has been raised so far, with a final target of £200,000.
Speaking before the pair set off, Trescothick talked about the importance of the PCA Benevolent Fund, from which he has received help.
He said: “It is there to help people who have fallen on hard times or are in need of help of some kind or other, whilst they are playing cricket and afterwards and for the next generation coming through.
“I tapped into it a few years ago when I first came back from India needing help with my depression and they helped me out a great deal and provided me with great support.”
Talking about his training ahead of the 440 mile ride, he said: “I have been doing a lot of training for the event and along with Jason Kerr have been getting a lot of miles under our belts cycling 70-80 miles at a time.
"We have been working a lot up and down Blagdon Hill to give us a taste of what we might expect.
“However in my experience you can do as much training as you like but it never quite prepares you for what it is going to be really like.”
In addition to Jason and Marcus, the 62 cyclists undertaking the Big Bike Ride from Durham to Lord’s include Jos Buttler, chief executive Guy Lavender and club chairman Andy Nash.
Anyone wishing to support Marcus and Jason can do so at https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/tresandjk
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