Thursday 13 September 2012
Former Newcastle United and Sunderland defender Robbie Elliott will embark next month on a gruelling charity bike ride to raise money for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and Breakthrough Breast Cancer.
The 38-year-old will travel over 3,500 miles across four countries in less than four weeks and will visit the eight teams where Sir Bobby Robson managed in a glittering career.
"I have wanted to do something for a while," said Elliott. "At the end of last year I set up my own foundation and I decided I needed a big event to set it off.
"You know how good a manager and person he is when the times I was not in the team, he still treated me like a human being, he would still speak to me and acknowledge me.
"He never changed, when you were in the side scoring goals or out of the side injured. He was a true gentleman."
The 'Bike For Bobby' ride will begin in Lisbon, Portugal and travel through Porto, Barcelona, Eindhoven, Fulham, Wembley and Ipswich before finishing off at the Sports Direct Arena in Newcastle for the West Ham United match on 11th November.
Elliott will be joined on the ride by friend and triathlete Phil Gray with the pair aiming to complete 150 miles a day as they pay tribute to Sir Bobby Robson, who died from cancer in 2009 at the age of 76.
Elliott, who played under Sir Bobby in his second spell at Newcastle United, and Gray have had plenty of high-profile support with Newcastle centre half Steven Taylor, Magpies legend Peter Beardsley, Manchester United's Michael Carrick and Olympic champion Jonathan Edwards all giving their backing to the challenge.
The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation was formed in 2008 and focuses on the early detection and treatment of cancer and the clinical trials of new drugs that will eventually beat it.
The ride aims to raise thousands of pounds for the two charities and you can donate by clicking here.
For more information on 'Bike For Bobby' and to view a map of the route, click here.