FROM next Monday (May 25), Ilton Cricket Club members will be taking on the challenge of walking, running and cycling the 874 miles from Land’s End to John o’ Groats, in just seven days.

Members will use their daily exercise to count towards the miles covered, as part of a big fundraising campaign to improve facilities at the cricket club.

New disabled access and facilities are high on the priority list, and the project also includes new changing rooms and showers, along with a bigger viewing area for supporters and social members to enjoy.

Club chairman and 1st XI player Damian Price said: “We have wanted to update our facilities for a few years now, and following the refurbishment of the main club area and bar, the committee highlighted the need for new disabled toilets and improved changing facilities for our ever-increasing junior and ladies teams to feel comfortable using.

“This will also allow us to continue hosting the Somerset Visually Impaired Cricket XI, who normally play at least one game a year at our ground.

“With no cricket currently being played, we came up with the idea to try and keep all of our members as active as possible in these uncertain times.

“We are hoping all club members will complete at least one mile, and are even counting those completed by their dogs!”

The club is running a crowdfunding campaign through Spacehive, the ECB has already pledged £100 towards the project, and anyone who wishes to donate can do so by visiting this website.

The deadline for the campaign is June 30.