Pictured: Con de Lange
Scotland duo Craig Wallace and Ali Evans have so far raised almost £3,000 for Brain Tumour Research after announcing a mammoth 672-mile cycle in memory of former Scotland international Con de Lange, who sadly passed away in April 2019.
Taking place over seven days from 2nd to 9th October, the route will see Craig and Ali cover places Con played cricket in the UK, starting their journey in Bath and making stops in Northampton, Blackburn, Durham and Edinburgh before travelling to their final stop Ferguslie via Stirling, where Con made his Scotland debut.
The journey will cover 672 miles – Con’s cap number.
Speaking of the challenge, Craig said: “I have decided to do this because of the heartbreak Con and his family suffered. Imagine living your life normally with a sore head now and again, and a year later sadly passing away.
“Brain tumours are truly horrible and Con, because of the man he was, fought it for a whole year. In many cases, people are given months, if not weeks and days, to live when they become diagnosed, often before they are 40.
“I really want to do this to try and find a cure so it doesn’t take families and good people away too soon again. Con was the best man I’ve ever met and it hurts me so much he was taken from his family so early. It can’t keep happening.
“This is just a way for me to say thank you to Con for being in my life. He would have helped anyone else that might have been unlucky enough to suffer from this disease.”
About Brain Tumour Research
“Brain tumours kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer. Just 1% of the national spend on cancer research has been allocated to this disease. We are a leading voice calling for support and action for research into what is called the last battleground against cancer. We fund long-term, sustainable research to find a cure for brain tumours.”
You can visit the JustGiving page set up by Craig here and follow Craig’s journey on Twitter and Instagram. You can keep up with Ali’s progress on Twitter here.