Andrew Strauss ‘blown away’ by support as England squad take break from World Cup preparations to run in Ruth Strauss Foundation Family Mile
- Event was in memory of Ruth Strauss, who died in December 2018 of cancer
- England players turned up in force to support Andrew Strauss at run
- Former England captain was blown away but the turnout in Westminster
- ‘For them to do this is special I hope none of them pulled a hamstring!’, he said
England’s cricketers took a break from their World Cup preparations to take part in the Ruth Strauss Foundation Family Mile on Sunday.
Part of the wider Vitality Westminster Mile, the event is the first of its type organised by the charity to raise funds for the foundation.
Former England captain Andrew Strauss launched the foundation in March in memory of his wife Ruth, who died in December 2018 from a rare form of lung cancer at the age of 46.
Andrew Strauss said he was blown away by the turnout for the run on Sunday
The England squad for the World Cup joined Strauss at the start line for the event
Strauss was delighted to be joined on the start line by the England squad, who lost a warm-up match to Australia on Saturday and face South Africa in the first match of the World Cup on Thursday.
‘We’ve got Eoin Morgan, the guy who is going to bring home the World Cup, Ben Stokes, Joe Root… it just blows me away to see these guys here,’ Strauss told BBC Sport.
‘They’re just about to embark on a massive World Cup campaign. For them to do this is really really special. I just hope none of them pulled a hamstring!’
Stokes added: ‘People will say that it’s great that they managed to do this before a World Cup is starting and the day after a game, but it was a pretty easy decision to make when someone who you know personally has gone through such a traumatic thing with their family.
‘Regardless of what we’ve got coming up, it was such an easy thing to say yes to.’
The Ruth Strauss Foundation was set up by Andrew in March of this year
Sir Mo Farah will seek a sixth victory in the Vitality London 10,000 on Monday, but acted as honorary starter before completing the one-mile course in the 21st wave of runners.
In the elite races, Laura Muir was favourite for the women’s event in her first race since successfully defending her two European indoor titles in Glasgow, while Chris O’Hare was hoping to win the men’s race for a third time.
Muir had to settle for third place behind defending champion Melissa Courtney and 2016 winner Sarah McDonald, Courtney leading from the front to win in an unofficial time of four minutes 28 seconds.
O’Hare justified his status as pre-race favourite with a well-judged victory in an unofficial time of 3mins 59secs.