Keen cricket fan and Investec employee cycles between Ashes test grounds with hero Mike Gatting

PUBLISHED: 12:48 28 July 2013 | UPDATED: 12:48 28 July 2013

Stephen Capon (right) with former England captain Mike Gatting.

Stephen Capon (right) with former England captain Mike Gatting.


CRICKET fan Stephen Capon felt like he’d been hit for six last week after completing a 340-mile cycle ride between all five Ashes test grounds.

The four-and-a-half day challenge began at Chester-le-Street in Durham and took in Old Trafford, Trent Bridge, The Oval and Lords.

Joining Mr Capon, a sales manager for Investec Asset Management – the company sponsoring the current test series between England and Australia – was his hero and former England cricket captain Mike Gatting.

The pair, along with 80 other Investec employees and guests, have raised a whopping £250,000 for charity.

Speaking to the Reporter after the event, Mr Capon, of Manor Lane, Great Chesterford, said: “Mike was a super affable chap. He was really down to earth and does great things for charity. It was fantastic to meet one of my cricketing heroes, even though I didn’t spend a lot of time with him because we were cycling at very different speeds!”

The 52-year-old added: “My legs hurt like hell for two days after we finished but it was all worth it. To raise £3,000 for charity personally and be part of a team that has raised £250,000 is incredible.”

Money raised will be donated to youth cricket and disabled sports charity The Lord’s Taverners, of which Mr Gatting is a trustee. Mr Capon is also splitting a share of his total to Meldreth Manor School, near Cambridge, in memory of the 12-year-old son of his close friends. Joel Shears died of complications associated with cerebral palsy in January.

“I wanted to support Joel’s parents Karen and James, who are our great friends, by donating money to Joel’s old school,” added Mr Capon.

“Meldreth Manor provided a really happy and fulfilling environment for Joel in his time there so, in his memory, I thought it would be fantastic to raise funds to help the school continue their great work to help disabled children and those with learning difficulties.”

After watching England claim a nervy 14-run win in the first Ashes test at Trent Bridge, Mr Capon said he felt much more confident following the team’s convincing victory over their Aussie counterparts in the second test. The home side have a 2-0 lead in the five match series.

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