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Kent Cricket and numerous community clubs in the county are taking part in the Rainbow Run this Sunday in aid of NHS hospitals

Kent Cricket are supporting a big weekend challenge this Sunday to raise funds for hospitals in the county.

Cricket clubs from around Kent have signed up to the ‘Rainbow Run’ and collectively they hope to reach a distance of 1,870km.

The Rainbow Run takes place this Sunday (34721108)
The Rainbow Run takes place this Sunday (34721108)

1870 was the year two local clubs merged together to form the current Kent County Cricket Club.

There’s a prize on offer for the club which complete the longest distance and also for whoever has the most juniors (under-13s) taking part.

Money raised will be used to provide care packages and to support the physical and emotional well-being of NHS front line workers.

The event is open to all ages and abilities, and there is no fixed distance or minimum fundraising target for people who wish to take part. The organisers are encouraging all to get involved, however they can.

Organisers say: “You can choose your own distance.We suggest 2km for young children and 5 km for adults, or more!

“It's up to you whether you walk, run, skip or jump, or even ride on horseback. But you need to make sure you're wearing the colours of the rainbow.”

Kent Cricket’s fitness coach Rob Chave will be leading a live warm-up for all participants, from 10am on Sunday.

Participants will be able to choose to fund raise for one of either the East Kent Hospitals’ Charity, Valley Hospital Charity, The Medway Hospital Charity, Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells Charity and King’s College Hospital Charity (including PRUH).

Kent Cricket’s Community Cricket Officer, James Moss said: “This is a great initiative and we’re delighted to be supporting our local NHS heroes.

“We are encouraging clubs to engage their entire membership to clock up as many kilometres as possible.

“Clubs can log their miles and submit the final distance to Kent Cricket, whereby the greatest distance for seniors, or largest number of participants for juniors, will receive prizes.

“The Rainbow Run is supporting Kent based hospitals county wide to raise vital funds. Therefore, after you’ve logged your distance, we are encouraging you to call in that friend who owes you a drink and get them to donate the money to one of the five charities instead, whilst you can also make your own donation as well. Maybe just £1 per kilometre that you cover?

“I’m looking forward to seeing the cricket community in Kent coming together to support a fantastic cause.”

Clubs wishing to try and cover the most distance can send their collective effort to KEnt cricket by using the Strava app’s club option. Total distances for over-13s can be sent to james.moss.kent@ecb.co.uk by 11am on Monday, May 18.

The club with the largest total combined distance covered will win a signed, framed, Kent Cricket 150th Anniversary County Championship shirt.

For the under-13s, the club which gets the highest number of juniors taking part will receive a Kwik Cricket set to add to their coaching supplies once we’re back to normal.

You can register to take part in The Rainbow Run here

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