Surrey CCC’s Cricket Manager Chris Adams and his brother David are hard in training for the Big Cricket Ride, a punishing cricket-themed cycling challenge to raise money for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, inspired by their father’s treatment for lymphoma.
Together the brothers aim to cycle to all 18 county cricket grounds in England & Wales this autumn to support the charity’s life-saving research into lymphoma and all other blood cancers.
A host of cricketing stars have pledged to saddle up for individual legs of the ride, including Ashes-winning-captain Michael Vaughan and fellow England legends Phil Tufnell, Darren Gough and Alan Lamb. Chris & David’s father John Adams also plans to join his sons on their journey in support vehicles generously provided by ride sponsor Kia.
John, 71, was diagnosed with Peripheral T-cell lymphoma in June 2010 after undergoing an operation for a ruptured bowel. During surgery doctors discovered a mass on his liver, which tests revealed to be cancerous. Thankfully, following chemotherapy at Southend Cancer Hospital, John is recovering well.
David Adams, who played for Derbyshire, Gloucestershire and Norfolk, said: "Treatment has taken a lot out of him but his positive mental attitude has been amazing. It will be a little heart-in-mouth for the next six months, but so far so good. We’re dealing with the emotional side as a team and focussing on keeping his spirits up.
"Hearing someone you care about has cancer hits you like a sledge hammer. I was actually out on my bike at the time in the middle of the Peak District – that’s why I wanted to make cycling part of our fundraising."
Starting from Chester Le Street, the home of Durham CCC, on Friday 7 October, Chris and David plan to complete the gruelling 868-mile tour in just fifteen days, finishing at the Kia Oval on Saturday 22 October.
Chris and David aim to raise as much money as possible for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, which is dedicated to finding better treatments and cures for all blood cancers, including leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma. The charity has £1 million invested in groundbreaking research into developing more effective treatments for Peripheral T-cell lymphoma. Every penny raised from the Big Cricket Ride will support research into this specific disease.
Former England batsman Chris Adams said: "Since the end of my career I’ve wanted to do something major for a good cause and Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research became very pertinent after my Dad fell ill with lymphoma. We were after a challenge and we’ve got it! If we can get round on the bikes and raise money and awareness, it’ll all be worth it."
Get behind the Big Cricket Ride!
Support Chris and David's epic challenge by visiting their Justgiving page. Every penny they raise will ensure more patients beat lymphoma.