Cricket club riders raise money for cancer charity

Alastair Currie, Ian Gray, Dina Anderson and Tommy Hogg.
Alastair Currie, Ian Gray, Dina Anderson and Tommy Hogg.

Hardy souls from a village cricket club tackled a gruelling bike ride to raise thousands of pounds for a cancer charity, in memory of a former player.

Thirty-four representatives from Warkworth Cricket Club, took on the challenge of riding 200 miles in three days.

The cycle was held in honour of Geoff Anderson, who lost his battle with lung cancerin 2007.

He was a very successful and popular captain of the club, and taught PE at Amble’s Coquet High School.

The bike ride was completed by people of all ages.

They cycled from St Andrews Golf Club, just north of Edinburgh, back to the cricket club, stopping off at Musselburgh and Berwick.

Riders had to battle wind, rain and hills and even punctures.

But the battle of endurance was worth it, as the group raised close to £5,5000 for their efforts.

The money will be divided between the Roy Castle Lung Foundation and the cricket club.

Treasurer Ian Gray, who was part of the support staff during the fund-raiser, said: “The ride was challenging, with the cyclists having to ride 74, 73 and 53 miles over the course of the three days.

“On the second day, the weather was awful and the driving rain and high winds, plus long, demanding hills which must have looked like Everest, made it a very testing day.

“A big well done to everyone who competed and to those who supported and sponsored.

“There were some good memories over the three days, of what was a very challenging journey.

“There was Ritchie Carruthers’ nightmare of 11 punchers. Then there were the smiles on the Puddephatt team of mum, dad, Keith and Ann, and son and daughter, George and Ellen, when they rode up the cricket path.”

The trek was the brainchild of Steven Anderson and tour organiser Alistair Currie.

The challenge came on the back of the first bike ride, which was held in 2009.

Twenty-seven cyclists took part during the inaugural event.

The inaugural ride took the cyclists from Edinburgh city centre to the cricket club, stopping at Galashiels and Berwick on the way, forming a total of 150 miles.

The event is growing in distance and in popularity, with more riders taking part this time round and more miles added.

Ian added: “This time 34 cyclists took part, young and old, with the oldest being 64-year-old Tom Peacock, along with 50-something Phil Douglas, Brian Doyle and Bill Pringle.”

The club, which plays at the village’s Castlefield ground, has both senior and junior sections.