2 July 2018

JM Finn staff don cricket whites and lycra

An investment manager at JM Finn, has persuaded some diehard cricketing friends to tackle a gruelling cricketing challenge.


The LBW, or Lycra Before Wicket, team, organised by investment manager Freddie Woodhead,  are about to embark on a mad 450km cycle ride with four T20 cricket matches in just four days.

The 22 cyclists / players, which also include two other JM Finn staff, fund manager Fred Mahon and Research Analyst James Godrich, are raising money for three fantastic cricket charities who are all using cricket to help people around the country and in Rwanda. The three charities are:

Cricket Builds Hope

Chance to Shine

The Arundel Castle Cricket Foundation

Freddie Woodhead commented: “this is a going to be a tough challenge as anyone who has ever cycled over 100km in a day knows – then adding a T20 cricket match into the mix, will certainly test the stamina of our team.”

Sponsors JM Finn have long had an association with cricket having been a corporate partner of Surrey CCC for 14 years and currently employing Tammy Beaumont, a stalwart of the England women’s cricket team and player of the tournament at last year’s ICC world cup, as a brand ambassador.

“Supporting these charities is a great motivator for the teams and having the support of JM Finn is vital as we look to achieve our fundraising goals,” commented Freddie.

The team are starting the challenge in Leicestershire, playing their first game at Belvoir Castle, then cycling to play their next game at Radley College.  Windsor Castle is the venue of their third game before they cycle to Arundel for the final match, via a lap of Richmond Park, just to throw in a time trial for fun!

To sponsor the team and contribute to these causes, please visit https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Team/LBW

The gruelling itinerary is as follows:

July 5th: Belvoir Castle – playing against Belvoir Castle CC. Game starts at 10am followed by the longest ride of the trip to North Aston (150km).

July 6th: Radley College – quick cycle from North Aston to Radley (40km) followed by match against the Chance to Shine XI and then a short 50km to Newbury.

July 7th: Windsor Castle – cycle to Windsor (70km) play against the Cricket Builds Hope XI and then cycle a further 50km into London.

July 8th: Arundel Castle – on the final day we start with an easy 90km down to the south coast and play against the Norfolk Estate Grasshoppers.

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