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Andy completes marathon challenge

Former Somerset County Cricket Club Chairman, Andy Nash completed his amazing marathon challenge at the weekend.

Andy completed the 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon in aid of Children’s Hospice South West.

After retiring from SCCC in January after 14 years at the Club – 10 of which he served as Chairman – Andy declined the offer of a traditional retirement lunch, and instead asked the Club to support his first ever marathon attempt.

Having set himself the goal of raising £1,000 a mile – £26,000 in total for the charity – Andy is now within touching distance of that target. He has had support from people such as Peter Andre and Jeffrey Archer whilst he was also able to gather an impressive collection of ‘money-can’t-buy’ items to auction in aid of the charity. There was also a bucket collection at Somerset’s recent Royal London One-Day Cup match against Essex Eagles on April 26.

After the completing the marathon in a little over six hours, Andy said: “I’d like to place on record my thanks and appreciation for the support and encouragement given to me by Somerset County Cricket Club and its Members and fans in preparing for and running the London marathon.

“It’s been an extraordinary experience which will live long – forever probably – in the memory. The bucket day at the Essex game was a typical example of Somerset’s support and we collected over £1,540.

“It’s also been a privilege to raise funds for such a fantastic charity as Children’s Hospice South West whose work is truly inspirational.

“We’re not finished yet though and the fundraising continues for another three months!

When I crossed the finish line the total was at £25,064.38 and I’m sure we’re now going to smash the £26,000 target.”

CHSW fundraising manager Emma Perry said: “We really can’t thank Andy enough for taking on this amazing challenge. To train for and to run a marathon is a huge personal commitment, and to set such a high fundraising target really shows the incredible empathy Andy has for the charity.

“It has been such a pleasure working with Andy and supporting his fundraising. We are so proud of what he has achieved and hope he enjoys a well-earned rest and looking back on some fantastic memories.”

You can support Andy by making a donation to his online marathon fundraising page by clicking here

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