Portsmouth cricket team pad up for Great South Run

The cricket players from the University of Portsmouth who are taking on the Great South Run
The cricket players from the University of Portsmouth who are taking on the Great South Run
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ELEVEN Portsmouth University cricket club players are taking part in the Great South Run this weekend in full kit.

Players will be wearing pads, helmets and gloves as well as carrying their bats as they take on the 10-mile course – the equivalent of 800 single runs on a cricket pitch.

Players from all four of the university’s teams are taking part and are hoping to raise more than £1,200 for the Young Minds charity as part of their contribution to the Rag fundraising push at the university.

Club president Jack Maciver, 21, added: ‘The Great South Run is something I’ve always wanted to complete. Doing it in our full cricket equipment will be very challenging. Despite the fact it’s going to be very tough, it’s for a great cause and we’re strangely looking forward to it.’

The club’s Rag secretary Jack Thompson, 24, said: ‘I know first-hand the stress that illnesses such as depression and anxiety can put on individuals and their families and the long-term affects they have. Young Minds provide vital services, including a parents’ hotline, to help combat this. We have a club that is really passionate about Rag and the cause we’re raising for, so this is a real squad effort.’