273 miles to raise a grand sum for club

Club Captin David Short, Club Chairman Thomas Parkinson and club member Khannie Dell lead one of the final laps.'Picture Andrew S. Gray

Club Captin David Short, Club Chairman Thomas Parkinson and club member Khannie Dell lead one of the final laps.'Picture Andrew S. Gray

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Members and supporters of Rock Cricket Club completed a 24-hour relay around the boundary of its ground to raise funds for continued improvements to the facilities.

The supportive communities of Rock and Rennington also came out to wish them well and also do plenty of laps to help.

The 24 hours began at 8pm on Saturday, May 24, when hardy souls walked and ran through a damp and foggy night. Daylight and brighter weather brought more walkers to take over from those on the night shift.

In the afternoon, along with a barbeque, a match was held between a mixture of senior players, former players, juniors and able supporters, all competing for bragging rights.

While this was going on, a steady stream continued to lap the field.

As 8pm and the 24 hours approached, the line around the ground filled with many walkers and the number of laps racked up significantly.

By the time 8pm struck and the last lap was run by club captain David Short and other club members, 1,256 cumulative laps of the ground, adding up to 273 miles, had been completed and more than £1,000 raised.