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Cycling ToThe Ashes Hits The Airwaves

September 13, 2009

The TMS Box Post-Interview - Aggers and Giles Clarke having a chat

The TMS Box Post-Interview - Aggers and Giles Clarke having a chat

It’s been a fantastic weekend for Cycling To The Ashes. My first appearance on the radio on Saturday, closely followed by my second appearance on radio, and sandwiched between those two priviledges, I was dismissed by Aussie fast bowling legend Jeff Thompson as he caught and bowled me during the warm up for the BUPA Great Capital Run in Regent’s Park.

It’s an honour to have been let within throwing distance of the legendary Test Match Special commentary box during a live broadcast, but to be interviewed about the expedition as well was fantastic. As Brett Lee finished off the England tail with a host of 95mph yorkers, I stood apprehensively behind Jonathan Agnew, Christopher Martin-Jenkins and Phil Tufnell (“The Cat”), as they chatted their way through England’s demise on the pitch, with Tuffers even suggesting that Brett Lee should suffer a 3 match ban for bowling too fast. Aggers interviewed me and author Simon Rae, who has written a fantasy style cricket book about a boy who develops the enviable talent of bowling devastating wrist-spin. called Unplayable – sounds great and I’m going to give it a read on the road. Ayway, keep an eye/ear out for further TMS coverage as they’ll be following my progress throughout the winter and next summer!

Check out the interview at  http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00mng3f/Cricket_12_09_2009/ Option 1: listen to the whole 8 hours of footage and wait. Option 2: forward to (approximately) 3hrs 54mins 20 seconds to hear my lunchtime slot.

It was an early start on Sunday as I set off to London to run in the Ashes-themed BUPA Great South Run. Graham Gooch was the England team captain. He had heard the interview yesterday so seemed interested in the expedition. But I am also proud to say that I hit Jeff Thompson for a couple of fours during the cricket themed warm up! Granted, he dismissed me first (tennis) ball with a ball that bounced (surprisingly) like a tennis ball, took the shoulder of the bat, and headed straight for his giant mits….but hell, I’m claiming the cover drives that followed.

Wing Men - Jeff Thompson and Graham Gooch

Wing Men - Jeff Thompson and Graham Gooch

It was a great morning – a nice little bit of training for the expedition, and an opportunity to meet Shona Langridge, Head of Communications at The Lord’s Taverners, one of my chosen charities.

And then to top it off, Steve Bunce (Fighting Talk hero, Inside Sport pundit) called just now to have a chat with me live on 94.9FM BBC London. He seemed like a good bloke, and genuinely interested in cricket and the trip. The interview will appear on the expedition website shortly, and he’s calling soon for another chat to see how plans are coming along. For now though, it’s back to sponsorship searches – I need more if anyone knows anyone who might want to help!

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. September 16, 2009 7:33 pm

    good for you! glad to hear things are going really well…

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