Bourne Rugby Club and Bourne Cricket Club join forces to raise money for the NHS
Players from Bourne’s cricket and rugby clubs have taken part in some healthy competition to stay competitive during the coronavirus pandemic.
Twenty-eight players from both clubs ran for half-an-hour each on Saturday with the club amassing the highest mileage being crowned the winners.
The event was organised to keep the players engaged in some healthy competition due to the rugby season finishing early and the new cricket campaign currently suspended.
Adhering to the guidance regarding social distancing, runners from both clubs were required to run on their own for half-an-hour between 7am and 7pm before registering their distances.
Having already trialled the challenge among themselves over the previous two weekends, the Cricket Club were distinct favourites and took an early lead with several of their runners registering distances before the Rugby Club had even taken to the road.
It wasn't long before the rugby lads started to narrow the gap, but the cricketers eventually finished on an impressive 105.65 miles.
Despite their lack of preparation, the Rugby Club put in a valiant effort before falling slightly short with 100.30 miles.
First place overall went to cricketer Dan Dring with 4.97 miles and second place to rugby player Chris Warnes with 4.73 miles.
Cricketer Steve Crossley was a close third with 4.69 miles and he was followed by team-mate Jordan Temple with 4.53 miles. Rugby player JJ Roberts finished fifth with 4.47 miles.
Cricketer Josh Bentley showed the benefit of practice with improvement over three consecutive weeks and there were honourable mentions for cricketer Jon Stevenson who joined the race from Australia and Rob Bentley, a member of both clubs, who contributed to the Cricket Club's distance with his 3.86 miles run in New Zealand.
With a number of the lads involved being members of both clubs, and some strong friendships throughout, the race was undertaken in good spirit and the effort to raise funds for the NHS was at the forefront of everybody's minds.
Between them both clubs are expected to raise in the region of £500 which will be donated to the NHS.
Jono Howard, organising on behalf of the Cricket Club, was understandably pleased with the outcome.
He said: “It's been really good fun and above all we've managed to raise a reasonable amount of money for a group of people that are working very hard under horrendous circumstances.
“It’s strange not playing alongside each other as we would normally but having the scores come in during the day made it very interesting. To be fair to the rugby lads they ran us pretty close in the end.”
Adam Binns, representing the Rugby Club, echoed Howard's thoughts.
He added: “These are strange times but this was a great example of what the community can achieve when it pulls together.
“Fifty-six local lads have all chipped in and raised money for a great cause. I know some of the rugby lads struggled but taking part was genuinely the only bit that mattered.”