Sporting stars to hit the road with Sheffield cricketing ace

Sheffield cricket star Michael Vaughan is preparing for a charity bike ride.
Sheffield cricket star Michael Vaughan is preparing for a charity bike ride.
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Sporting stars are saddling up with a Sheffield cricket star in a bid to raise thousands of pounds for charity.

Former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan is leading the 460-mile Chance to Ride charity bike ride from Leeds to London next month, visiting the venues for the England v Australia One-Day cricket series.

Now former Liverpool and England football player Jamie Redknapp and ex-British tennis star Tim Henman have signed up to take part.

They will join former Sheffield schoolboy Michael on the final stage of the ride, from Southampton to London.

Tim said: “I can’t wait to start training to join Michael for the final stage of Chance to Ride.

“I finished playing before Wimbledon put a roof on Centre Court, so I’m used to playing sport in the dark – and taking part on the night ride back to London will be very exciting.”

Jamie said: “I did most of my cycling in the gym, so the chance to do a bike ride and raise money for two great charities is something I couldn’t turn down.”

Michael, aged 38, who attended Silverdale School in Sheffield and now lives in Baslow, will be joined by other stars including former England Test bowler Phil Tufnell, Olympic cyclist Victoria Pendleton and former England cricket captain Andrew Strauss for various stages of the ride.

Michael said: “It’s fantastic that Tim and Jamie have agreed to offer their support to the ride.

“I am looking forward to it. I’ll be cycling 462 miles over 12 days and that is not going to be easy, but these are two good causes.”