Shrewsbury School

Rob Downs 18 Halves - and it's not in the Pub!

Wednesday 4 April 2018

Rob Cross (S 2008-13) is undertaking a challenge to run 18 half-marathons, one in each first-class cricket-playing county in the UK. He is wearing cricket whites, gloves and carrying a bat for each race as he tries to raise money for ‘Chance to Shine’ & ‘Mind’.

Rob started in Kent in February and will finish in Middlesex with the full London Marathon in April 2019 where he intends to wear cricket pads and a helmet as well.

He tells us: 'The rationale behind this challenge is two-fold. On the one hand, I want to try and raise more awareness about mental health and support a charity which provides advice and support to those who experience mental health difficulties. Whilst 2017 was a breakthrough year for mental health awareness, I am keen to continue this progress and support Mind in recognition of close friends who have struggled with mental health issues.

On the flip-side is my love of cricket, a sport which I have followed avidly for as long as I can remember. Chance To Shine is a national charity on a mission to spread the power of cricket throughout schools and communities. Keeping future generations engaged and harnessing a wider following will allow the county and national sides to flourish for years to come (not just in their search for a Test spinner!)'

Rob is running with other Old Salopians over the duration of the challenge, with Hunt legends George Mallett (S 2007-12), Ed Mallett (S 2008-13) and Cal Winwood (I 2006-11) all agreeing to take part.

Rob is trying to raise £10,000 for the charities above and is incredibly grateful for any loose change! He has a fundraising page here:

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