Maynard sets off on Wellyman challenge

8 Oct 2021 | Community

Earlier this morning, head coach Matt Maynard set off on a 230-mile walk through Wales wearing wellington boots.

Maynard is attempting to raise £20,000 in memory of his son Tom, who passed away in June 2012.

The walk will be the final major fundraising challenge undertaken for the Tom Maynard Trust with Maynard expecting to take 12 days to finish the challenge, which will include climbing the Welsh three peaks Pen y Fan, Snowdon and Cadair Idris.

The trust was set up nine years ago following the death of Tom and has raised almost £500,000 in that time supporting numerous individuals and organisations.

"I will set out from Cardiff, where Tom was born, and hopefully - legs intact - I arrive in Colwyn Bay, where he made his first senior Glamorgan appearance, a couple of weeks later," said Maynard.

"I am taking on this challenge to raise funds to build a children's cricket net area at the home of Glamorgan Cricket, at Sophia Gardens, in Tom's name as a legacy.

"When Tom was young and his mum brought him down to Sophia Gardens, he'd spend all day playing cricket on the field at the top of the ground.

"The old landscape of the stadium has long since changed and currently there are no facilities for children to play and practice their cricket skills safely, nor can they play their impromptu games on the outfield during lunch and tea intervals as they used to be able to.

"I want to change that and by raising my target of £20,000 we hope to create a 'net' area for children to have some fun, bowl some balls and whack it as our Tom loved to do as a child, as part of a wider commitment to develop new family facilities."

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8 October, Cardiff to Merthyr Tydfil, 25 miles
9 October, Merthyr to Brecon, 25 miles
10 October, Brecon to Builth Wells, 22 miles
11 October, Builth to Rhayader, 16 miles
12 October, Rhayader to Llanidloes, 16 miles
13 October, Llanidloes to Machynlleth, 20 miles
14 October, Machynlleth to Dolgellau, 20 miles
15 October, Dolgellau to Trawsfynydd, 18 miles
16 October, Trawsfynydd to Beddgelert, 20 miles
17 October, Beddgelert to Pen Y Pass Hostel via Snowdon, 14 miles
18 October, Pen Y Pass to Llanrwst, 16 miles
19 October, Llanrwst to Colwyn Bay Cricket Club, 18 miles.