Worcestershire’s director of cricket Steve Rhodes and new chief executive David Leatherdale will attempt to prove their fitness to the county’s Academy players when they take part in a charity run on March 20.
Former Worcestershire all-rounder Leatherdale and ex-England wicketkeeper Rhodes will run the 8.5 miles from Malvern College, Worcestershire’s winter training base, to the county’s headquarters at New Road.
They will be accompanied by 13 of Worcestershire’s academy players including Rhodes’s son George, two Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service fire fighters and five Young Fire Fighters.
Leatherdale, who ran the New York Marathon in 2007, has been coerced into running on Sunday because his son Christian, who will be 16 next week, is a Young Fire Fighter.
“This came about as part of the work that the academy do with Lynsey Williams, the ECB and PCA’s Personal Development and Welfare Coach,” Leatherdale explained.
“They get involved in a community project and they were tasked with raising money to help that scheme. George Rhodes is one of our academy players and when Steve agreed to join him in the run the players came to me knowing of my link with the Young Fire Fighters.
“I’ve run a marathon in the past but that was some time ago and I’ve not really trained at all for this so it might be more of a walk or a crawl than a run. With lots of 16 and 17-year-old lads and some fire fighters running, I’m likely to be lagging at the back.”
Proceeds from the sponsored run will go to support the Hereford & Worcester Fire & Rescue Service Young Fire Fighters’ Association. A bucket collection is being taken in the Worcestershire club shop at New Road.
The charity run starts at Malvern College at 10.30am and is due to finish between 11.30am and 12pm – possibly a little later for Leatherdale.