Charity challenge for cricket coach

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A sports coach from Pateley Bridge is hoping to raise thousands of pounds for Yorkshire Cancer Research by cycling to the UK’s seven international cricket grounds.

to complete the journey in six days.

The 28-year-old was inspired to take on the unique challenge in tribute to his team mate’s father, Charlie, who died from cancer.

Jimi said: “I am very fortunate to have never been closely affected by anything horrific like cancer. However, each year we hold a charity day in Charlie’s memory to raise money for Yorkshire Cancer Research, and I really wanted to do something good for others while testing myself.”

Jimi will start his ride at Pateley Bridge Cricket Club, known to its members as ‘Badger Park’. He will then ride to Emirates Durham before heading south to Headingley, Leeds, across to Old Trafford, Manchester, and south to Trent Bridge, Nottingham, and Edgbaston, Birmingham. He will finish his journey in London, visiting Kia Oval and finally Lord’s Cricket Ground – the ‘home of English cricket’.

Jimi, who coaches junior cricket players as a volunteer, continued: “I’ve been a very keen mountain biker for about 15 years but I’ve never ventured into road cycling.

“I’m not looking forward to the first few climbs out of Pateley on the way to Durham, and as the ride gets towards the end, it’s the dreaded saddle sore that hangs over me.”

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