Darren Gough announces 2015 Ashes return for charity cycle challenge
Former England cricketer Darren Gough was today announced as an official ambassador for the Investec Ashes 2015 Cycle Challenge at the Kia Oval. Organised by Investec Wealth & Investment, the charity cycle ride, which will cover over 300 miles this summer, will raise funds for a number of charities including the Lord’s Taverners, the UK’s leading youth cricket and disability sports charity.
To mark the 10th anniversary of England’s famous 2-1 series win against Australia – their first since 1987 – the Investec Ashes 2015 Cycle Challenge will see over 100 fundraisers cycle between all five 2005 Ashes venues, starting at Old Trafford on 12 July 2015 and finishing at the Kia Oval on 15 July 2015, via Trent Bridge, Edgbaston and Lord’s.
Gough, who famously took a hat-trick at the Sydney Cricket Ground during the 1999 Ashes series, will be joined by a number of celebrity ambassadors on the challenge. These include former Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham and Stoke City footballer Matthew Etherington, and former Olympic diver and silver medallist Leon Taylor.
On the upcoming ride, 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!”
This will be the second time Investec Wealth & Investment staff have taken on such an epic charity challenge, following the success of the inaugural event in 2013 which raised nearly £300,000 for the Lord’s Taverners and other charities. Gough and the class of 2015 will be aiming to raise even more funds this year to provide at least five accessible Lord’s Taverners minibuses for special educational needs schools across the UK, enabling young people with disabilities to enjoy sporting opportunities.
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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!”