The Big Bike Ride, in aid of the Professional Cricketers Association and the Tom Maynard Trust, took place from 18-22 October 2013. Sixty-two riders started the challenge in Durham on Day 1. The aim of the Big Bike Ride was to raise £200,000 with participants pedalling from Durham cricket ground to Lords Cricket ground over 5 days. The riders “rested” in Leeds (Headingly) on 18th October, Manchester (Old Trafford) on 19th October, Nottingham (Trent Bridge) on 20th October and Northampton on 21st. The event was supported by bike repair mechanics, support vehicles in the event of a breakdown, physiotherapists and massage therapists. Moulton College students joined the Support Team in Northampton.
Day 4 saw many punctures and legs were tired, shoulders were sore but spirits were high as riders took a break. After finishing the fourth leg of the ride at Northampton Cricket Club and having a bite to eat, riders could also receive a post event massage treatment to aid their recovery. This was a fantastic opportunity for Moulton College students to support a sports event and use their skills to benefit the participants. All feedback received was very positive, both from those receiving the massages and the benefit of the learning to the students. The post event massages varied according to the needs of the client. Students used their consultation skills to assess their clients and treatments varied. A lot of sore legs, shoulders, backs and even hands (from gripping the handlebars) were treated. At all times the professionalism and client care was excellent.
Lee Daggett (Northants CCC) proposed the big bike ride and this initial idea developed into a special event. The challenging charity bike ride finished in London at Lord’s with the participants having the option to join further fundraising activities. “Bon voyage” to the England squad as they travel to their next challenge “down under”.