Tom Rowe and Dominic Brown, both former Nottinghamshire cricketers, will take part in the Reading Half Marathon on Sunday (17 March) in a culmination of their bid to raise money for The Brain Tumour Charity.
The duo played alongside the likes of Luke Wood, Sam Wood, Jake Libby, Matt Carter and many other future first teamers during their time in the Trent Bridge setup.
Still playing in the top echelons of club cricket, the duo have come together under difficult circumstances to help raise money for a charity close to their heart.
“My sister, Phoebe, was recently diagnosed with a brain tumour,” said Brown.
“She’s an actress and was down in London auditioning for shows. She found out she had secured a part at the same time that she had the tumour.
“She’s been so strong. She’s kept us all going - taking it all in her stride, doing the show and having the chemotherapy.
“It sparked me to do something and I knew Tom was doing the half marathon, so I thought I would join him. Her diagnosis obviously made it easier to choose the charity to run for.
“We did a coffee morning recently, with prizes donated by the likes of Paul Franks, Jake Libby and James Taylor and raised over £2,500.
“Massive thanks to the Club for all their help, it’s obviously quite a sensitive time for me and my family and to have that support has been fantastic.”
Tom added: “My brother lives down in Reading and signed me up for it towards the end of last year. He's been helping a lot with the fundraising and will be running it with us.
“I believe his text went something along the lines of ‘you need to sort yourself out’.
“So, I’ve done about 250 miles in training. Dom is just naturally fit and it made sense to do it for this charity.
“It clearly means a lot to Browny’s family and now it’s about going out there, running the race and finishing the job.”
The duo have already smashed their fundraising target with the figure currently standing at over £5,000. You can sponsor them by clicking here.
Best of luck to both Tom and Dom on Sunday and our very best wishes to Phoebe in her treatment from everyone at Trent Bridge.