Cricketers honour teammate by cycling length of Scotland for Brain Tumour Research
The tragic death of a Cricket Scotland player has inspired two teammates to take on a cycling challenge across Scotland in order to raise money for the Brain Tumour Research funds.
Con de Lange, 38, sadly passed away due to a brain tumour in April last year. Just two years after he first became ill.
Con was said to be a loving dad and husband to his wife Claire and kids, Rory and Daisy. A talented all-rounder, he played county cricket for Northamptonshire before representing Scotland internationally.
Craig Wallace, aged 30, from Carnoustie, and Ali Evans, 31, from Edinburgh, will attempt to pedal 672 miles in seven days, with the distance representing the fact that Con was the 672nd person to play for Scotland to honour their teammate.
He said: “Con was just such a proper, genuine and nice man; one of the finest gentlemen 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.”
The pair will start in Dundee on October 1 and their route will take them to numerous clubs and destinations across Scotland which were loved by Con.
They’ll take in St Andrews, Fife, Perth, Aberdeen, Edinburgh and finish in Carnoustie.
So far the pair have already raised over £5,000 for research in the hope that they can assist in finding a cure.
Craid 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.”
To sponsor Craig and Ali please go to www.justgiving.com/craig-wallace4 and follow their journey on social media using #CycleforCon