FORMER Somerset County Cricket Club chairman Andy Nash will be among the many novices taking part in the 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon on April 28.

Nash is running the event to raise money for Children’s Hospice South West.

As he prepares to step up his training for the big day, Nash returned to the County Ground in Taunton this week to train with members of the Somerset first team.

Nash, who is hoping to raise £26,000 (£1,000 a mile), received some expert advice from Somerset CCC’s head of strength and conditioning Joel Tratt and spent the morning training with Josh Davey, Eddie Byrom, George Bartlett, Paul van Meekeren and Tom Lammonby.

He discussed a number of training tips and techniques to help with his latest phase of marathon preparations.

He said: “Joel and the players had some really good advice for me in terms of warm-up and the importance of nutrition. We also talked about what causes the pain and what to do about that.

“Preparations are going really well and so far, I’ve managed to avoid injury. Soon we will start building up the length of the training runs.

“I would really like to thank all those who have already donated because we have reached a total of nearly £7,000 so far, which is phenomenal,” added Nash, who retired as Somerset chairman last January after 14 years the County Championship club – 10 of which he served as chairman.

As part of his fundraising campaign there will also be a special collection at the club’s first fixture under the new floodlights on April 26 when Somerset take on Essex Eagles in the Royal London One-Day Cup.

Children’s Hospice South West provides hospice care for hundreds of children and their families all over the South West.

You can support Nash by making a donation to his online marathon fundraising page.

Look out for some eye-catching auction lots, including cricket tickets, experiences and memorabilia, donated by Somerset CCC and other county clubs on the CHSW eBay site.

You can also keep up to date with Nash’s progress via his blog.


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