Dixey one of four former cricketers raising funds for Professional Cricketers' Trust on April 28.

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Former Kent and Leicestershire wicket-keeper batsman Paul Dixey is to run the London Marathon later this month for the Professional Cricketers’ Trust.

The 31-year-old played 35 professional games between 2005-2012, before transitioning into fund management where he has since acquired the role of Portfolio Manager at Vermeer Partners.

Dixey is one of four members who have been selected to run for the Trust this April alongside, Chris Peploe, Lewis Hatchett and James Kettleborough. Formerly known as the PCA Benevolent Fund, the Cricketers’ Trust purpose is to support the lifelong health and wellbeing of all PCA members and their immediate families.

The leading cricketing charity provides support both reactively and proactively with a passion to help educate PCA members on all issues to refute problems in the future.

Ahead of the London Marathon on Sunday 28 April, the former gloveman gave the Trust an insight into his preparation…

  • Why are you running for the Professional Cricketers’ Trust?
  • The Trust has had a huge impact on many former and current Professional cricketers’ lives, it provides a safety net if things take a turn for the worse which is incredibly comforting for us all it serves to help.
  • What direction did your life take after cricket?
  • Despite quite a bit of thought and planning I still wasn’t 100% sure what I wanted to do post cricket. Fortunately, I landed in the Fund Management industry which I’m really enjoying.
  • Have you done any marathons or challenges for charity before? If so, please explain…
I did the Trailwalker 100km challenge across the South Downs a couple of summers ago which was horrific! The event raises money for the Gurkha Welfare Trust and Oxfam.
  • Strangest piece of advice you’ve been given?
  • A work colleague did the marathon last year and got overtaken by a man in Ski Boots so he suggested I avoid that for morale purposes.
  • How do you plan to get around? Do you have a finishing time in mind?
  • If I could beat my brother’s time that would be wonderful bragging rights, however as he left his phone in one of the toilets he ended up doing around 29 miles.
  • If you could compare your running style to a current or former cricketer – who would it be?
Charge out the blocks to get ahead of the fancy dress and slow and steady thereafter.
  • Any superstitions?
  • No, there’s enough to worry about over the 26.2 miles.
  • What are you most looking forward to?
  • The atmosphere of the event, having watched it last year it’s a special day.
  • What are you least looking forward to?
  • Having to watch what I eat/drink once the Marathon is over.
  • Why should people donate and how do they do it?

People should donate so the Trust can continue its incredible work of safeguarding the futures of current and former Professional Cricketers. You can donate via my Just Giving page

Interested in fundraising for the Professional Cricketers’ Trust? Challenge yourself to complete the famous Three Peaks Challenge this October in a joint initiative with the Tom Maynard Trust. For more information on all fundraising opportunities please contact Sam Relf – samantha.relf@professionalcricketerstrust.org