Warwickshire and Edgbaston staff take on 2.6 challenge

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Edgbaston and Warwickshire Cricket staff are taking on the 2.6 challenge to raise money for the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.

They have committed to covering the club’s founding year, 1882, in kilometres before 31 May through a range of various fun themed 2.6 activities.

Challenges include running 2.6 miles each day and doing 26 iconic football goal celebrations.

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Safety manager David Clarke, who is cycling 260 miles, said on the Edgbaston website: “The 2.6 Challenge is going to be a great way to bring our staff even closer together in these strange times and also build the Club’s community programme by raising funds for two great charities, which have been chosen by the staff involved.”

Digital media manager Mat Collis is running 26.2 miles in 10 days and admitted it will be hard but knows it’s going to help people who need it most.

He said: “It’ll be tough as I’m not much of a runner but I’m just trying to do my bit for these two excellent causes.”

The 2.6 Challenge is part of a wider community engagement programme by Warwickshire CCC, which has seen players make phone calls to elderly members who are self-isolating.

This comes after the announcement by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), there will be no professional cricket played in England and Wales until at least July 1.

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Edgbaston Stadium has also been donated for use as a drive-through COVID-19 testing station for NHS staff and key workers.

For more information on how you can show your support, click here to donate online. All funds will be donated to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham Charity and NSPCC’s Childline service in Birmingham.

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