A LOCAL man will next month walk 60 miles from North Devon Cricket Club to Exmouth Cricket Club within a 24-hour period whilst fully padded-up in batting equipment to raise money for Thorverton Cricket Club.
On Thursday, August 3 and Friday, August 4, Lieutenant Commander Dan Robbins (Royal Navy) will walk from the north coast of Devon at North Devon Cricket Club's picturesque Instow ground to the finish at Exmouth Cricket Club's Maer ground on the south coast of the county. During the walk, Dan will stop off at Thorverton Cricket Club to join in with training with his team-mates.
Prior to that he will drop in at Cricket Clubs at Westleigh, Newton Tracey, Sandford and after Thorverton at Clyst St George Cricket Club.
Dan's aim is to raise a minimum of £2,000 for Thorverton Cricket Club.
Thorverton CC is based in the centre of Mid Devon and has more than 200 senior and junior members.
The club fields two Devon League Eleven sides, a friendly team, a women's softball team and five junior age group teams.
The club is completely run by unpaid volunteers.
The funds will be used to assist with increased running costs and to help fund the club's project to replace its rapidly deteriorating pavilion. The project is in the early stages and will help safeguard the club's long-term future.
Dan is an active playing member of Thorverton CC, contributing to the First Eleven’s recent successes in reaching and cementing its place in the Devon Cricket League A Division.
Living locally with his wife and growing family, he has served with the Royal Navy for nearly 13 years, including significant deployments around the world and also plays cricket for the Royal Navy First Eleven, including several appearances at Lord’s in the Inter-Services competition.
Keen for physical challenges he has previously cycled from Newcastle to London (more than 300 miles) in a 24-hour period to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.
With the startling rise in running costs during the last year Dan saw an opportunity to undertake another physical challenge to help raise funds to ensure the continued running of the club, which is an integral part of the community.
During the Covid pandemic, Dan founded his own cricket company, CAVOK Cricket which will be the main sponsor and support for the challenge also provide the equipment he will be wearing.
CAVOK has also recently sponsored the newly built female changing room at the club's Station Ground.