Marcus hits Storm Callum for six in epic charity bike ride 

Marcus Trescothick battled the elements during his recent five-day ‘Tres-timonial’ cycle ride across the South West in aid Children’s Hospice South West.

Last week’s heavy rain and high winds threatened to blow the 324-mile ride off course as Storm Callum swept across the region on Friday. However, when high winds did force them off the road on Friday morning, the gym at Nuffield Health in Plymouth came to the rescue by offering the team the opportunity to cover the equivalent distance on static spin bikes.

Event organiser Eric Cole said: “Due to the terrible weather, we had to change our plans as it would have been dangerous to cycle over the moors. Thanks to Nuffield Health, the team was able to clock up the same number of miles that they would have done if the sun had continued to shine.”

Marcus was joined by around 30 cyclists over the five days, which began at the former England batsman’s boyhood cricket club of Keynsham in Bristol under blue skies on October 8th.

Clocking an average of 65 miles a day, the riders called in at the charity’s Charlton Farm hospice in North Somerset and Little Bridge House hospice in North Devon, before peddling into strong of head winds at the Little Harbour hospice in St Austell on Friday afternoon.

Marcus, who is supporting CHSW in his testimonial year and has been an ambassador for the charity since 2008, also found the time for a game of cricket with pupils at Millfield Prep School in Glastonbury, Blundells School in Tiverton and at Shebbear College in North Devon.

Riders also stopped off at the Cooper Associates County Ground in Taunton, South Devon CC in Newton Abbot and Callington CC in Cornwall.

Marcus, who is no stranger to charity cycle rides and undertook a similar challenge for CHSW in 2011, said: “It’s been a tough week and sometimes I really had to remind myself of the special reason we were taking on this challenge. It was exhausting, and we encountered a lot of hills along the way, however it’s nothing compared to what some families go through. Knowing that we are supporting and helping CHSW has made it all worth it.”

For more information on Marcus Trescothick’s testimonial click here

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