Cricket club captain completes 18-mile fundraising run around Calder Valley clubs

Ryan celebrates the end of his run

Ryan has raised nearly £800 for a new roll for the cricket club, which costs £2,500.

The race took place on Easter Sunday, Ryan stopping at Luddendenfoot, Mytholmroyd, Warley, Copley, Sowerby Bridge, Triangle, Booth and Sowerby Bridge CI during its three and a half hour run, which started and ended finished at home. club.

Ryan said: “Having played for the club for over 25 years and heard they needed fundraising ideas for a new roll, this made me think of a long distance race, incorporating clubs from cricket in and around the Calder Valley.

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“It was a very difficult race with an elevation gain of 580 meters.

“Luckily I had great support on this race from good friends Tom Spencer and Simon Wood (SBCI First Team Captain). They helped me out when sometimes the challenge was tough and without them it would have was much harder.stretching the support of friends and family was amazing and worth it.

“This is my longest run to date and a huge achievement for me and for the club. We are overwhelmed with the support and donations from the community so far. Anything anyone can do to help further would be extremely enjoyed by all of us.”

After Ryan’s run, the club had a fun day, with an Easter egg hunt for the kids, games and music, to help raise money for the new rolls.

The club has two adult teams on Saturdays, a development team on Sundays as well as a range of junior teams in the Under-18s, Under-15s, Under-13s, Under-11s and under 9 years old. They also run the ECB’s ALLSTARS cricket program on Friday nights which means in total they have over 100 children at the club.

They have also recently secured sponsorship from the Rotary Club of Sowerby Bridge and some local businesses to help support AllStars Cricket, which is a summer cricket camp for 5-8 year olds, starting in May. Sponsorship was used to reduce costs for the local community.

Last year the club halved the costs of the scheme from £40 to £20 with funding.

“It’s all part of an internal project since we refitted our cricket nets,” says the club’s Jack Helliwell, “which has seen our 20-year-old training facilities transformed into state-of-the-art training nets. of technology.

“They are very smart and the most updated in the region. However, we have just added our final elements to the facilities, so they are now officially complete.

“As a result, the turnout for adult and junior cricket in the area was excellent with over 100 children on Friday night, all run by amazing volunteers.

“We have to start AllStars again on May 7.”

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