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Friday, 29 May 2015

Stars use pedal power in honour of Bobby

LOCAL people are being invited to join in with a high profile cycling event in memory of North-East sporting hero Sir Bobby Robson.

Former Newcastle United full back Robbie Elliott and international triathlete Phil Gray are currently undertaking the Bike for Bobby cycling challenge, visiting the eight stadiums where the late Sir Bobby managed.

Visiting four countries, Holland (PSV Eindhoven), Portugal (Sporting Lisbon and Porto), Spain (Barcelona) and England (Fulham, West Bromwich Albion, Ipswich Town and Newcastle United, as well as Wembley due to his spell as England manager), the duo will take in a combined distance of 35,000 miles.

Money raised from the challenge will support the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and Breakthrough Breast Cancer.

To spur the team on across the finishing line on November 10, a cycling sportive has been organised for the Ponteland area, members of the public being encouraged to get involved.

The 33-mile sportive will be the last leg of Robbie’s and Phil’s journey, and organisers are hoping for a large crowd to welcome them home.

A spokesperson from the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation charity said: “Taking part in the sportive is your chance to make your own personal tribute to Sir Bobby and support Robbie and Phil as they undertake the final miles of their arduous journey.

“By cycling with them in the sportive, you will be part of a monumental achievement which will raise thousands of pounds for the fight against cancer, a cause which was very important to Sir Bobby Robson.”

The sportive is open to people of all ages and cycling ability, and will start at Ponteland Leisure Centre at 10am. It will pass through Whalton and Cambo before heading back to Ponteland.

The focal point of the event, though, will be a welcome party at the leisure centre for Robbie and Phil, with well-known local sportsmen John Beresford and Steve Harmison expected to be in attendance.

Included in the entry free is a Bike for Bobby t-shirt and pasta from local restaurant Fratelli.

To sign up for the sportive, visit www.bikeforbobby.com. Meanwhile, donations to the cause can be made by visiting www.justgiving.com/TheRobbieElliottFoundation