Former teammates of a "wholehearted" Bury cricketer who died from bowel cancer earlier this year are coming together to complete a gruelling challenge in his memory.

Mark Gowers, affectionately known as "Flowery" was a member, former player and captain at Woodbank Cricket Club and died in February aged 53.

As well as being described as "wholehearted", he devoted his time to helping younger cricketers as well as having captained Woodbank 2nd XI to championship success in 2016.

In an affectionate homage to his memory, nine of that championship-winning side will be paying tribute to his memory in a 18-mile walk on Thursday, June 2.

The Rossendale Round the Hills Walk is being done to raise money for Cancer Research UK and the target donation goal is set at £3,000.

Michael Ingham, organiser of the event, said: “It is going to be hard enough to hurt but should be doable and I have been encouraging everyone to get some practice in, but we will see about halfway round whether they listened!

“I had played against Mark on many occasions, but I really got to know him when I came to Woodbank.

"He was a popular figure and meant a lot to many people.

“That is why I wanted to do something to remember him by and raise money for Cancer Research in hope that one day we'll be able to find a cure for this awful disease which took Mark too soon.”

Just over 40 people have donated so far and 54 per cent of the target has currently been met.

The walk will begin at around 9.30am and typically takes almost seven hours to complete, starting and ending at Marl Pits, Newchurch Road, Rawtenstall.

Mike added: “A challenging target of £3,000 has been set and any contribution, large or small in these difficult times would be much appreciated.

"Just a few quid from his many friends, teammates and opponents and we will "smash it!"

The Just Giving page will remain open after the walk for any additional donations and anyone looking to donate can click here.