Ali Evans and Craig Wallace have raised a huge £4,900 for Brain Tumour Research ahead of #Cycle4Con, a 672-mile cycle over seven days taking in the clubs and locations across Scotland close to the late Con de Lange.
The pair will start in Dundee on Thursday (1 October) and head to St Andrews, Fife, Perth, Aberdeen and Edinburgh before finishing in Carnoustie. The original route, taking in locations across England that Con played cricket, has been scrapped due to recent coronavirus restrictions.
Con de Lange, the 672nd international for Scotland’s men, died in April 2019 two years after he first became ill. He left a wife Claire and two children, Daisy and Rory.
“Con was just such a proper, genuine and nice man; one of the finest gentleman I have ever met. He was always the one who would go round the dressing room, checking everyone was OK. He loved pulling pranks on us and would always have some kind of remote control spider or snake which he would leave lurking around someone’s hotel room when we were away on tour,” said Craig.
“I’m fortunate to have met him through cricket. Con represented Scotland in 2015 and took the team from strength to strength. It’s where I and so many got to see his cheeky smile, his caring attitude and most importantly his competitive nature, every day.”
Craig added: “Brain tumours kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer. Too many great people like Con are dying too young and that’s why we want to raise as much awareness of this disease as we can for him and his amazing family and to raise as much money as we can to help other people affected by this horrible cancer and to stop it happening in the future.”
Brain Tumour Research funds sustainable research at dedicated centres in the UK. It also campaigns for the Government and the larger cancer charities to invest more in research into brain tumours in order to speed up new treatments for patients and, ultimately, to find a cure. The charity is calling for a national annual spend of £35 million in order to improve survival rates and patient outcomes in line with other cancers such as breast cancer and leukaemia and is also campaigning for greater repurposing of drugs.
To sponsor the charity cycle, please visit www.justgiving.com/craig-wallace4 and follow their journey on social media using #Cycle4Con.