Cricket club walking 70 miles across Lancs in gruelling 24-hour challenge

Members of Darwen Cricket Club. David Bowden,  is top right <i>(Image: Darwen Cricket Club.)</i>
Members of Darwen Cricket Club. David Bowden, is top right (Image: Darwen Cricket Club.)

Members of a cricket club are set to take on a gruelling challenge and embark on a round trip from Darwen Tower to Blackpool Tower in 24-hours.

Several members of Darwen Cricket Club will be taking on the challenge on March 11 and all funds raised will be donated to Macmillan Cancer Support

David Bowden, who plays for the team and is fundraising for the challenge, estimates they will be walking for 70 miles but the real challenge is trying to stay awake for the entire 24-hour duration.

David said he has always wanted to try a challenge like this.

He said: “Every year we organise a pre-season fitness challenge, such as a run in the woods or sessions with personal trainers.

“I actually can’t wait to do it. It’s something I’ve wanted to try eversince a family member did a 24-hour walk last year.

“It’s also an interesting way to spend the weekend instead of the usual pub and football.

While he is excited as the March deadline looms ever closer David said he is wondering if he will be able to complete the challenge.

He said: “I am starting to wonder if I’ve bitten off more than I can chew but we will see how we go.

“Hopefully we can raise a good amount of money in the process.”

All money raised will be donated to Macmillan, a cancer charity that is close to David’s heart after they helped his grandmother Miryam Duckworth, who was diagnosed with throat cancer last year.

He said: “Everyone has their own personal reasons for raising money for McMillan.

“My nana had throat cancer and they looked after her. Thankfully, a month ago she got the all clear and is slowly getting back to eating solid foods and drinking now.

“Ahe’s been feeding through a stomach tube for most of the year.

“Every time I visited Macmillan were always helpful and supportive.

“They helped my nana to get appointments booked, which was really useful as she’s not great with technology.

“I can’t speak highly enough of them.”

You can donate to the fundraiser by visiting the JustGiving website: