Updated: Friday, 13th December 2019 @ 4:30am

Former Lancashire wicket keeper Luke Sutton takes on gruelling 230 mile bike ride to aid school sport

Former Lancashire wicket keeper Luke Sutton takes on gruelling 230 mile bike ride to aid school sport

By Rob Lowson

An ex-Lancashire county cricketer today began a gruelling 230-mile charity bike ride to raise funds for professional sports coaching in primary schools.

Luke Sutton, who played and kept wicket for the county between 2006 and 2010, is now director of Activate Sport Ltd, the company who have organised the inaugural ‘Be Inspired Bike Challenge’.

Sutton, who finished his career at Derbyshire, and around 30 fellow cyclists, set off from the Manchester velodrome and are due to finish in London Regent’s Park on Sunday.

It is hoped that the painstaking feat will raise £35,000 in sponsorship for the Activate Sport Foundation, a charity supported by the Co-operative Group, who are looking to improve standards in school sport via their ‘Active Culture’ campaign.

Through this initiative, they hope to provide free specialist sports coaching to 80,000 children in more than 200 primary schools nationwide.

England and Lancashire cricketing legend Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff – set for a career change in to professional boxing – is a patron of the campaign.

The campaign is hoping to tap into the glory of Team GB’s heroic Olympic and Paralympic performances this summer.

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