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Cricketers swap bats for bikes for charity ride

A group of cricketers have set off on a gruelling tour of some of England's famous cricket grounds.

They left Chester-le-Street early this morning on their 441-mile trip.

The group first travelled to Headingly in Leeds, before heading to Old Trafford in Manchester, Trent Bridge in Nottingham, Derby's County Ground, Leicester's Grace Road, Wantage Road in Northampton.

They will finish at Lords, in London on Wednesday.

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Marcus Trescothick: We're all raring to go for Big Bike Ride

Former England batsman Marcus Trescothick was among around 50 people that set off from Durham's Emirates International Cricket Ground at just after 8am on a gruelling trip around some of the country's major cricket grounds.

He said it was good to start in Durham, at a ground he always enjoyed playing at and added: "I've heard it's all downhill from here!"

Cricketers embark on charity bike ride

The Big Bike Ride left Durham's Emirates ICG on Friday morning Credit: ITV

Famous cricketers past and present have set off on a gruelling trip to some of the country's major cricket grounds.

Cricket stars including Durham's Phil Mustard and former England batsman Marcus Trescothick were among around 50 people that set off from Durham's Emirates International Cricket Ground at just after 8am on Friday morning.

The 'Big Bike Ride' is a 441-mile charity project aimed at raising money for the Tom Maynard Trust and the Professional Cricketers' Association Benevolent Fund.

The group will arrive at Headingly in Leeds later today, before heading to Old Trafford in Manchester, Trent Bridge in Nottingham, Derby's County Ground, Leicester's Grace Road, Wantage Road in Northampton and will finish at Lords, in London on Wednesday.

'Bike for Bobby' riders due in Northumberland

Former Newcastle United footballer Robbie Elliot and his coach Phil Gray are expected in Northumberland this morning to encourage cyclists to take part in a sponsored bike ride.

The pair were due to arrive back in the region last night after taking part in a 3,500-mile cycle from Lisbon, in Portugal to Newcastle to raise money for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation. Instead of resting though, Robbie and Phil will be inspiring more than 500 cyclists on their own 33-mile trip.

Cycle Sportive will begin at 10am at Ponteland High School, in Newcastle.

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