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Harold Wood’s Clarke gets on his bike to raise funds for disabled and young players

PUBLISHED: 13:30 06 October 2017

Harold Wood's Pete Clarke is cycling from John O'Groats to Land's End to raise money for charity

Harold Wood's Pete Clarke is cycling from John O'Groats to Land's End to raise money for charity

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Harold Wood Cricket Club’s Pete Clarke set off on gruelling cycling challenge this week to raise money for disabled and young players.

Clarke might have only played once for Wood this summer – scoring 94 in a second-team game – but the club remains a big part of his life.

And, having been bitten by the cycling bug, he decided to pedal 960 miles in nine days to help raise funds for the disability and academy sections of the club.

Clarke set off from John O’Groats on Wednesday and aims to reach Land’s End next week.

Brother Tom, club chairman, said: “Each year for the last few years we have done a charity event to help raise funds so that we can offer the disabled team free membership and coaching at the club.

“Also the money raised has helped subsidise the Academy, so that every under-21 player at the club has a membership of just £40.

“Pete has just got into cycling over the last year or so. He is not joined to any club and it’s all very much his own idea and plan.

“He decided on doing the challenge to help raise funds for the club for this year and so that we can continue to offer the same benefits to the disability section and Academy for the 2018 season.”

Harold Wood have previously held a 24-hour net session at their club, while members have also walked to The Oval and taken part in a dry triathlon to raise funds.

Visit haroldwoodcc.com for a special link to follow Clarke’s daily progress and anyone who would like to sponsor him can go to his Just Giving Page at justgiving.com/fundraising/peter-clarke24.

You can also donate by text message, by sending the text HWCC52 £10 to 70070.

*Harold Wood finally brought the curtain down on the 2017 season with a thrilling win in their second-team match against Belhus on Sunday.

Billy Mortimer (52) and Zoe Quested (50 not out) – with her maiden half-century in adult men’s cricket – led Wood to 185-8 from their 35 overs, with Ricky Cooper (22) also chipping in.

Ausman Ginai (2-10) nabbed a brace in reply, with Muhammad Umair Khan, Brad Ayling, Zohran Afzal and Archer Lodge also having success as Wood kept their nerve in the field to hold Belhus to 184-8 for a one-run win.

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