Big Bike Ride 3 - Tom Maynard Trust

Former England Test stars Michael Vaughan and Tim Bresnan will be cycling into Nantwich in October as part of the Big Bike Ride 3 event.

They will be taking part in day 2 of the five-day ride from Sheffield to Nantwich, to help raise funds for the PCA Benevolent Fund and the Tom Maynard Trust.

A host of other former cricket stars, such as Marcus Trescothick, Rob Key, Matthew Maynard and Ashley Giles are also taking part.

The first two Big Bike Rides in 2013 and 2015 raised more than £320,000 and this year’s event takes on added significance as 2017 is the Professional Cricketers’ Association’s 50th anniversary.

A Legacy Year Appeal has been launched to raise an extra £250,000 for the PCA Benevolent Fund.

Big Bike Ride 3 will start at Edgbaston on October 13 and travel via Sheffield, the Peak District, South Cheshire, Shropshire, Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Gloucestershire and South Wales to the SSE SWALEC Stadium in Cardiff.

That’s where Tom Maynard, who died in tragic circumstances in London in 2012, played his formative cricket and where the trust was set up in his name.

Michael Vaughan - Tom Maynard Trust, pic under creative commons

Michael Vaughan

Those taking part will stop off at community cricket clubs along the way, a popular feature of Big Bike Ride 2 in 2015 which linked the recreational and professional games.

Bresnan, the Yorkshire all-rounder and the county’s PCA representative, will be a first time rider along with Vaughan, a keen cyclist.

They will take in the second day which starts at Sheffield Collegiate, the club where his career began, and finishes in Nantwich at the Crewe Vagrants ground on Newcastle Road.

All proceeds from Big Bike Ride 3 will be shared between the PCA Benevolent Fund and the Tom Maynard Trust.

The Tom Maynard Trust was set up in 2012 and supports aspiring young sports people in a number of ways including sponsorship of the PCA’s annual Rookie Camp.

The full Big Ride 3 route is:
October 13: Edgbaston to Sheffield Collegiate CC via Atherstone CC and South Wingfield CC
October 14: Sheffield Collegiate to Crewe Vagrants CC via Buxton CC and Middlewich CC.
October 15: Crewe to Worcestershire CCC via Calverhall CC, Broseley CC, Cleobury Mortimer CC
October 16: Worcester to Monmouth School via Ledbury CC, Ruardean Hill CC, Lydney CC
October 17: Monmouth to SSE SWALEC Stadium via Abergavenny CC, Newbridge CC, St Fagans CC

Big Bike Ride 3 is sponsored by Full-Time Cover insurance and Sanderson Contracts.

There are still a few places left to join Big Bike Ride 3.

Interested riders can register at http://www.thepca.co.uk/the-big-bike-ride-3.html

Donations to support the riders and PCA Benevolent Fund and Tom Maynard Trust can be made at https://mydonate.bt.com/events/bigbikeride3/386971

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