It's just not cricket...
...it's the England World Cup cricket squad making the equivalent of 80 non-stop runs each to complete the Ruth Strauss Foundation Family Mile at the Vitality Westminster Mile on Sunday (26 May).
Former England captain Andrew Strauss will be joined by England’s top-ranked ICC Men’s World Cup squad, the Middlesex team and hundreds of people from the cricket world in the inaugural event for the Ruth Strauss Foundation at the Vitality Westminster Family Mile.
With a cricket wicket measuring 22 yards, the classic mile distance of 1,760 yards requires 80 continuous 'runs' from each of the participants – something the England one-day captain Eoin Morgan could only dream of as the nation prepares for the global 50-over contest that begins on Thursday 30 May.
The Ruth Strauss Foundation has been founded by Andrew Strauss in memory of his wife Ruth, who died in December 2018 from a rare form of lung cancer. Its aims include providing grants to charities and organisations that specialise in providing psychological, emotional and well-being support to both patients and their families, including bereavement services.
Andrew Strauss said: “Ruth loved families spending time together and it will be wonderful to see so many families come together on Sunday 26 May to celebrate her life. I’d like to thank the England squad and everyone else who’s entered for their support for the Ruth Strauss Foundation.”
Vitality Westminster Mile is the world’s biggest timed mile with events for all ages and abilities. Sir Mo Farah will be present to cheer on the children and adults taking part in the family waves. Anyone entering the family events may be lucky enough to #RunWithMo as Farah will join in the fun and run in one family mile as he prepares to defend his British Athletics 10K title in the Vitality London 10,000 the following day.
runABC South will bring news from both of these huge Vitality events next week.
Image courtesy Vitality Westminster Mile