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Cricketers asked to race to Galle to help support the sport

Cumbria Cricket has launched a challenge to help support the grassroots sport.

Players and supporters from across the county are working together to walk, run, cycle, or swim the 5,608 miles from Cumbria to the Galle International Stadium in Sri Lanka, in time for day five of the second  test between England and Sri Lanka on Tuesday January 26.

Those taking on the challenge will log their individual miles in a dedicated group on the Strava app, until the total collected miles reaches 5,608.

All participants have been asked that in taking part in the challenge, they adhere to lockdown rules.

The money raised from sponsorship and donations will be split equally between the Cumbria Cricket Programme, supporting talented young Cricketers, and Cumbria Community Foundation.

The team at Cumbria Cricket also hopes that the challenge will keep everyone active and connected through lockdown, as they work together as a team to complete the challenge.

Boy’s talent lead, Paul Hindmarch said: “It’s been a really tough year for grassroots sport.

“Unfortunately, our winter programme has come to a standstill.

Launching the Race to Galle challenge is our way of keeping everyone active and connected during this period, while raising money for two very important causes.

“We want as many young Cricketers, family members and supporters as possible to get involved to help us smash our target!”

More information about how to take part or donate can be found on their Just Giving Crowdfunding page: