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Marcus and Simon ready for Big Bike Ride 3

Somerset opener Marcus Trescothick and Head Groundsman Simon Lee will be amongst those getting in the saddle to help support Big Bike Ride 3 which will raise money for the PCA Benevolent Fund and the Tom Maynard Trust.

The first two Big Bike Rides in 2013 and 2015 raised more than £320,000 and this year’s event takes on added significance as 2017 is the Professional Cricketers’ Association’s 50th anniversary. A Legacy Year Appeal has been launched to raise an extra £250,000 for the PCA Benevolent Fund.

Big Bike Ride 3 will be launched with a dinner at Edgbaston on Thursday with the riders setting out on their 360-mile journey early the next morning.

Marcus will be riding in all five legs of the event and during a break from his training schedule he said: “I’m really looking forward to the Big Bike Ride 3. I’ve been involved with the previous events and they are always good fun. It’s a good to catch up with some people that you haven’t seen for a while and it’s raising money for two very worthy causes. The PCA Benevolent Fund and the Tom Maynard Trust both do a tremendous amount of important work and it’s an honour to be able to support them again.”

Simon will also be taking part in all five legs and ahead of the event he said: “There’s a great camaraderie over the five days. It’s hard work but you get a lot of enjoyment out of it and it raises money for two great charities. I did the last Big Bike Ride and really enjoyed it so I’m really looking forward to this one.”

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Big Bike Ride 3, which is sponsored by Full-Time Cover insurance and Sanderson Contracts, will start at Edgbaston on October 13th and travel via Sheffield, the Peak District, the Cheshire Plain, Shropshire, Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Gloucestershire and South Wales to the SSE SWALEC Stadium in Cardiff.

The PCA Benevolent Fund was set up in 2000 and supports past and present cricketers and their immediate family members in times of hardship and upheaval.

The Tom Maynard Trust was set up in 2012 and supports aspiring young sports people in a number of ways including sponsorship of the PCA’s annual Rookie Camp.

A full list of the cricketers taking part in Big Bike Ride 3 is as follows: Tim Bresnan (Yorkshire and England), Dan Cherry (Glamorgan), Alan Fordham (Northamptonshire), David Fulton (Kent), Gavin Hamilton (Yorkshire, Durham, England and Scotland), James Harris (Glamorgan and Middlesex), Geraint Jones (Kent, Gloucestershire and England), Steve James (Glamorgan and England), David Leatherdale (Worcestershire), Matthew Maynard (Glamorgan and England), Daryl Mitchell (Worcestershire), Alex Morris (Yorkshire and Hampshire), Charlie Mulraine (Warwickshire), Tony Murphy (Lancashire and Surrey), Gareth Rees (Glamorgan), Ian Saxelby (Gloucestershire), Marcus Trescothick (Somerset and England), Michael Vaughan (Yorkshire and England), Mark Wallace (Glamorgan), David Wigley (Yorkshire, Worcestershire and Northamptonshire), Matthew Wood (Yorkshire and Glamorgan)

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