Darren Gough Takes On Charity Cycle Challenge

L-R: Perry Norton, Simon Tabb, Matthew Etherington, Darren Gough, James Bedingfield, Henry Shires and Duncan Lewis
L-R: Perry Norton, Simon Tabb, Matthew Etherington, Darren Gough, James Bedingfield, Henry Shires and Duncan Lewis
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Matthew Etherington and Darren Gough
Matthew Etherington and Darren Gough
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L-R: Simon Tabb, James Bedingfield, Matthew Etherington, Henry Shires, Darren Gough, Duncan Lewis and Perry Norton at the Kia Oval
L-R: Simon Tabb, James Bedingfield, Matthew Etherington, Henry Shires, Darren Gough, Duncan Lewis and Perry Norton at the Kia Oval
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Former England cricketer Darren Gough has been announced as an official ambassador for the Investec Ashes 2015 Cycle Challenge at the Kia Oval.

The charity cycle ride, organised by Investec Wealth and Investment, will cover over 300 miles this summer and will aim to raise funds for a variety of charities including Lord’s Taverners, which is the UK’s leading youth cricket and disability sports charity.

The Investec Ashes 2015 Cycle Challenge looks to mark the anniversary of the infamous 2005 Ashes victory in which England won the series 2-1 and reclaimed the Ashes for the first time since 1987. The challenge which starts at Old Trafford and finishes at the Kia Oval going via Trent Bridge, Edgbaston and Lord’s, will take place from the 12-15 July 2015 and will see over 100 fundraisers cycle between the five venues that hosted the tournament in 2005.

Gough, whose memorable Ashes moments include his hat-trick at the Sydney Cricket Ground during the 1999 Ashes series, will be joined on the Cycle Challenge by a number of celebrity ambassadors. Those who have signed up for the challenge include former Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham and Stoke City footballer Matthew Etherington, and former Olympic diving silver medallist Leon Taylor.

When asked about the upcoming challenge, Gough said: “I am really looking forward to taking part in the Investec Ashes 2015 Cycle Challenge. I have been training hard in preparation, and having enjoyed many Ashes battles throughout my playing career, I’m now looking forward to a similar one on my bike!”

The idea for the Cycle Challenge came after the success of the 2013 inaugural event held by the Investec Wealth and Investment staff which raised nearly £300,000 for the Lord’s Taverners and other charities.

However, this year Gough and his fundraisers will be aiming to reach an even higher total this year, wanting to be able to provide at least five accessible Lord’s Taverners minibuses for special educational needs schools across the UK, therefore enabling young people with disabilities to enjoy more sporting opportunities.

James Bedingfield at Investec Wealth & Investment stated: “We are delighted to once again be partnered with the Lord’s Taverners for this fantastic challenge.

"We’re proud cricket fans, and having the chance to support the marvellous work they do for young people is very exciting.

"It is fantastic to have Darren Gough as our ambassador for this year’s challenge and, with even more riders on board this time, we are hoping that we can exceed the fundraising target that we achieved in 2013."

Paul Robin, Chief Executive of the Lord’s Taverners, said: “Darren Gough was one of England’s finest fast bowlers and one of the most passionate cricketers to have represented his country, so I’m sure he will display the same enthusiasm on the Investec Ashes 2015 Cycle Challenge.

"Having such a high profile character on board should enable us to raise plenty of money and, ultimately, provide even more young people with a sporting chance.

"We are hugely grateful to the team at Investec Wealth & Investment for supporting the Lord’s Taverners once again and wish them and Goughie the very best of luck!"

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