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Bourne Cricket Club's Jolly Boccas Outing take part in Big Bash League-style event to raise funds for the Butterfield Centre

The latest national lockdown has brought the return of the Bourne-based Jolly Boccas Outing.

The informal running club was founded in April last year by Bourne cricketers on what should have been the first game of the 2020 season with the second team due to visit Skegness.

However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, 20 members of the Abbey Lawn club decided they would try to cover the distance of Skegness and back by running for 30 minutes each.

This event soon caught the hearts and minds of Bourne’s cricketers and virtual running competitions followed against the other Bourne teams from the Rugby Club and Football Club.

Jolly Boccas Outing. (43939237)
Jolly Boccas Outing. (43939237)

Other iterations have followed including an inter-cricket club Ryder Cup and Indian Premier League themed time trials across various distances as well the Kipchoge Challenge where 26 players had to run a mile each for their fastest collective marathon which was achieved in 2hrs 40mins.

The club’s latest event was the Big Bash League-style event where 18 cricket club members were split into three teams - Perth Scorchers, Adelaide Strikers and Hobart Hurricanes - and set out individually across seven days to see who could run the furthest.

This really brought the competitive nature and team spirit in the players out in abundance.

In total the club covered 1,130 miles in seven days at an incredible average of 63 miles per person.

Personal highlights included a 90-mile week, a full marathon on Sunday on top of 50 miles leading up to it, a 40-plus year-old completing 70 miles at just over eight minute miles and several ‘non-runners’ completing single runs around and above 15 miles.

The Perth Scorchers team of Josh Bentley, Jono Howard, Tom Hames, Dan Dring, Chris Binns and Tom Dixon were victorious after covering more than 400 miles from their six players.

Throughout the first year of the Jolly Boccas, the lads have looked to raise money for charity as much as possible.

Previously, alongside Bourne Rugby Club and Bourne Town Football Club, nearly £1,200 was raised towards Captain Tom Moore’s campaign to help the NHS.

This time the Boccas decided to donate to a fantastic local charity in Bourne, the Butterfield Centre.

The centre is open to help the elderly and those vulnerable in society and the Boccas couldn’t think of a more worthy cause after raising £518.18.

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