Hollioake's marathon task
Former England and Surrey cricketer, Adam Hollioake, will travel 10,747 miles from his home in Perth, Australia to run the 26.2 miles of the Flora London Marathon on April 21 in memory of his brother Ben, who died five years ago.
England and Surrey cricketer, Ben Hollioake, was the youngest England debutant since 1949 and was voted Young Cricketer of the Year. He was killed in a road accident, aged just 24, on 23rd march 2002.
It is the first time that Adam will have competed in a marathon, but he won't be alone as he is being joined by the 'CHASE Cricket Runners', who include his father, John, and former heavyweight boxer Scott Welch.
All members of the 12-strong team are running to raise money for the 'CHASE Ben Hollioake Fund', as they either knew Ben personally or work for cricket related organisations.
Each participant will run in cricket-themed clothing, with some in full cricket whites with pads, gloves and bats, generously supplied by Woodworm (sponsors of Andrew Flintoff and Kevin Pietersen).
Adam Hollioake said: "After retiring from professional cricket and relocating to Australia you would think I'd be happy to put my feet up.
"The Flora London Marathon could prove to be an even greater challenge, (with more blisters), than 'The Journey' in 2003 when we walked, cycled and rowed from Edinburgh to Morocco. However, with Ben in my thoughts and the support of the CHASE Cricket Runners, including Dad, I will complete it.
"All the money raised will go towards creating a centre in South London that will enable expanded support for life limited children in Ben's memory."
The goal of the CHASE Ben Hollioake Fund is to raise as much money as possible for CHASE Hospice Care for Children. All funds raised help to support life-limited children and their families. These children are not expected to live past the age of 19.
This is the tenth year that CHASE hospice care for children has had a team in the London Marathon and those who have run in previous races have raised over £900,000 so far for CHASE over the past nine years.
As well as seeking support from friends and colleagues, sponsorship has also been forthcoming in other ways.
Surrey County Cricket Club has pledged that the club will match any money donated privately by members of staff to support Adam's endeavour.
A fundraising party, 'The Big Blister' will be held on Wednesday April 18 at the London Rowing Club on Putney embankment, with all beer donated by Michelob Ultra.
The CHASE Cricket Runners, including Adam Hollioake, will attend the party. Entry is £10. Tickets can be bought in advance at 01483 454213 or on the door from 6.30pm.
To sponsor Adam Hollioake and the CHASE Cricket Runners please visit: www.justgiving.com