Villagers jump on their bikes to get the job done!

Nearing completion: Copley Cricket Club pavilion

Nearing completion: Copley Cricket Club pavilion

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PENSIONER Judith Thorpe is getting on the saddle to help a community fundraising push for Copley Cricket Club.

The 72-year-old is among 96 people taking part in a sponsored 24-hour exercise bike ride in the village’s Murgatroyd Arms pub. They will be pedalling in half-hour slots - on two bikes - from 1 pm Saturday to 1 pm Sunday.

Judith Thorpe will be taking part in a cycle challenge for Copley Cricket Club.

Judith Thorpe will be taking part in a cycle challenge for Copley Cricket Club.

And, Halifax-born Yorkshire and England cricketer Oliver Hannon-Dalby, who started out at the club will be among the cyclists.

The event is expected to raise thousands of pounds towards the club’s new pavilion.

Mrs Thorpe said: “People have been absolutely fantastic and I have raised more than £200.”

Her son and committee member Richard Thorpe said support for the event had exceeded expectations.

“People have recognised the fact we need to make money to get our clubhouse up and running,” he said.

The cyclists hope to cover 1,000KM (621 miles) which is the virtual distance from Copley CC around all the Test grounds in England ending up at Lords.

The old clubhouse was pulled down late last year and work is underway on the new structure which members hope to have ready for the new season starting next month.

Funding is being raised by the club, and grants from the England and Wales Cricket Board, SITA, Awards for All and Calderdale Council. A community volunteering event takes place on April 1 when an army of workers will tackle finishing jobs.

The event is being heavily promoted by both the ECB and NatWest which has given the project National Showcase Status under the NatWest CricketForce initiative.

Mike Gatting, the former England Ashes winning captain, is expected to attend.

Supporters can sponsor the bike ride at: http://www.justgiving.com/CCCPedalForPounds