Tres back in the saddle for Big Bike Ride 2

Bike Ride5Somerset skipper Marcus Trescothick is among four members of England’s 2005 Ashes-winning side who will be getting on their bikes later this year to raise money for the Professional Cricketers’ Association Benevolent Fund and the Tom Maynard Trust.

Tres, who will be joined by Michael Vaughan, Andrew Flintoff and Steve Harmison will be among 60 riders who will cycle from Truro in Cornwall to the Kia Oval over five days in the Big Bike Ride 2.

The Ashes heroes will be joined by past and present county players.

Somerset Director of Cricket Matthew Maynard, the father of the late Tom Maynard, Jason Ratcliffe, the PCA assistant chief executive, Surrey chairman Richard Thompson and Richard Gould, the Surrey chief executive, will also be taking part in all legs of the five-day ride.

Marcus also took part in the first Big Bike Ride in 2013 along with Somerset assistant coach Jason Kerr, Jos Buttler, chief executive Guy Lavender and club chairman Andy Nash. Altogether that event raised more than £200,000 for the PCA Benevolent Fund and the Tom Maynard Trust and another six-figure sum in sponsorship is the target for this year’s event.

“Big Bike Ride 1 in 2013 was an incredible experience for us all. The ride was really tough, but the camaraderie was inspiring and the fundraising end result was beyond expectations,” said Jason Ratcliffe‎.

“To have another full house of riders for all five days including 30 current and past members demonstrates an incredibly strong commitment to help our two valuable charities.”

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Taunton a key staging post for Big Bike Ride 2

The ride will cover around 400 miles with the first leg from Truro to Instow in Devon on October 9. The following day the riders will cycle from Instow to Somerset CCC’s headquarters at the County Ground in Taunton followed by legs from Taunton to Hampshire’s Ageas Bowl on October 11, the Ageas Bowl to Sussex’s TheBrightonandHoveJobs.com County Ground at Hove on October 12, ending with the final leg from Hove to the Kia Oval on October 13.

The PCA Benevolent Fund is part of the Association’s commitment to helping current and former players and their dependants in times of hardship and upheaval to readjust to the world beyond the game.

The Fund also supports players and their dependants who might be in need of a helping hand with medical advice, a much-needed operation or those who require specialist advice, care or assistance.

The Tom Maynard Trust was set up in the summer of 2012 following Tom’s tragic death.

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Its initial objectives were to try to provide low level financial support for young cricketers making their way in the game.

This has now been expanded to include grants for aspiring young sports people looking for support with different aspects of their career development, education and awareness programmes, the Tom Maynard Academy at the Desert Springs complex in Southern Spain where up to 14 emerging county cricketers will benefit from specialist technical and conditioning work and a scholarship at Tom’s old school, Millfield.

Alex Barrow named as part of 2015 Academy selections

This year, Somerset’s Alex Barrow has been named as one of the 12 young cricketers on the 2015 Tom Maynard Academy and will therefore spend 10 days of intensive specialist training at the Desert Springs complex later this month.

Between 19 and 28 February the young cricketers will be working on a carefully planned programme covering technical skills, strength & conditioning plus both individual and group activity.

The programme finishes with a special one-day match between the Tom Maynard Academy XI and the Spanish national side at La Manga.

Matthew Maynard will head the delivery of the programme and will be assisted on the coaching side by former Leicestershire, Kent & England wicket-keeper/batsman Paul Nixon and former Gloucestershire, Yorkshire & Australia all-rounder Ian Harvey.

Head of Elite Coach Development at the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) Gordon Lord and former Middlesex, Glamorgan & England all-rounder Jamie Dalrymple are among those delivering specialist sessions to the players whilst former England Head Physiotherapist Dean Conway is overseeing the fitness and physical work while the group is in Spain.

Once again the 2015 programme is being funded in its entirety by the Trust.

A very happy Alex said: “It’s great to have been offered a place at the Tom Maynard Academy this year and I’m really looking forward to going out to spend time training outside in the warmer weather.”

“The facilities there are good because it’s where Somerset will be going for their pre-season and it’s great that Matt Maynard will be leading the coaching. It will be good to get the chance to work with him away from the Indoor Centre here at the County Ground. There are 12 of us going from 10 different counties and we will each be focusing on specific things in our game and also the chance to get to play a bit of cricket outside. I will also get the chance to work with Paul Nixon on my ‘keeping and continue with the work that I have been doing with Paul Tweddle here.”

Alex added: “I am really grateful that I have been given this opportunity. It will be good fun, a great experience for me and I’m looking forward to it!”

Matt said: “We are delighted to have had such fantastic support from the counties again and I’m really looking forward to working with another group as we seek to establish the Tom Maynard Academy as an integral part of the ECB’s and the counties’ player development pathways.

“Desert Springs has excellent facilities for the players to work on their games and on their fitness. We’re really pleased to be partnering with them. We have a great mix of talented players and some very knowledgeable people involved in delivering the programme and I have no doubt it will be of real benefit to the lads involved as they approach pre-season.”

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To support and donate to Big Bike Ride 2 go to: https://mydonate.bt.com/events/bbr2pcabftmt/193332

The ride for all five days is now full, although it is possible to join as day riders on each leg. For more information or to put your name down on the reserve list, or to register for any leg, contact Aprosser@thepca.co.uk

For more information go to: http://www.thepca.co.uk/big-bike-ride-2.html

For more information about the PCA Benevolent Fund go to www.thepca.co.uk/index.php?q=benevolent_fund.html

  • The 12 players selected to attend the 2015 Tom Maynard Academy are: Mark Adair (Warwickshire); Basil Akram (Hampshire); Alex Barrow (Somerset); Bradley Erasmus (Surrey); Barney Gibson(Yorkshire); Jack Murphy (Glamorgan); Liam Norwell (Gloucestershire); Jamie Porter (Essex); Matt Taylor (Gloucestershire); Adam Tillcock (Nottinghamshire); Andy Umeed (Warwickshire); and Alex Wakeley (Northamptonshire).

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