March 05, 2021

VIDEO: Cricklade players run over 300km for charity in lockdown

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Cricklade Town players have used the second lockdown to don their running shoes and rase over £1,000 for charity.

With their season halted once again due to the coronavirus pandemic, Cricklade’s players decided to stay in shape by running 300km for charities Epilepsy Research and Cots for Tots.

The club chose the target of 300km because it signified the distance between all 16 Wiltshire Senior League clubs but as the challenge ended yesterday, players and management had smashed that target and completed 426.5km.

Their fantastic effort has so far raised £1,280 for their chosen charities with Cots For Tots chosen after the charity supported one of their players, Chris Gallavin, during his new-born son’s life-saving surgery.

First team manager Craig Kent hailed the fund-raising campaign, saying: “Chris Baxter was kind of instrumental in suggesting a running challenge.

“Having kids myself it sort of hit home a bit. To be honest it has blown us all away. Initially we set a target of £500 because we had already put some fines money in. It is just phenomenal really and a massive thanks to everyone who has taken part and donated.”

Chris Baxter added: “It was something realistic that the boys would buy into with not too much notice.”

“Within a couple of days, all the boys were on board.”

You can still donate to this fundraiser via this link https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/crickaderunningchallenge?utm_term=Mxp3KBDKb&fbclid=IwAR1jt3ePSF1EO8_Yigsf11BoCYZDT-Y8_zTxJXOlx0gQggxC4mPNeZ9DWEU

Watch the full interview with Chris Baxter and Craig Kent by clicking on the video below.

Interview by Your Sport’s George Stratford.

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