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Celebrating Biking For Sir Bobby

8 years ago
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Former Newcastle United, Sunderland AFC, Leeds United, Bolton Wanders and Hartlepool United defender Robbie Elliott completed a 3,500 mile cycle ride on Sunday (11 November) to raise funds for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and Breakthrough Breast Cancer.

Bike For Bobby, was an epic cycling challenge undertaken by Robbie and his friend, triathlete Phil Gray, to ride between the eight clubs, in four different countries, managed by Sir Bobby Robson.

It proved very hard and the duo battled mountains, road closures, punctures, injuries and an illness to Robbie, which threatened the future of the ride.  Incredibly, they cycled the equivalent of scaling Everest three times.

Fortunately, there is a far more relaxing manner to support Bike For Bobby by attending a gala Geordie Legends Dinner at the Gateshead Hilton on 25 November.  Guests at the celebration event already include Lady Elsie Robson, boxers Glenn McCrory, Billy Hardy and John Davison, Paralympian Stephen Miller, cricketer Steve Harmison, actor Stephen Tompkinson and footballers Jackie Charlton, Liam O’Brien, Paul Kitson, John Beresford, Rob Lee and Steve Howey.

Robbie says: “The Geordie Legends Dinner seemed such a long way off when we were cycling.  Phil and I felt like we were in some kind of groundhog day.  We’d get up early and be off again.  It’s still a great feeling just to wake up in my own bed.

“We knew Bike For Bobby would be hard but I don’t think we knew quite how hard.  But even when we were struggling we knew why we were doing it.  And knowing we were raising money to fight cancer was a great incentive to keep going.

“We were lucky to have fantastic support from people along the route and online and that really kept us going.  This dinner is a chance for us to celebrate with our supporters and we’re looking forward to what will be a very special night.”

The evening will feature stunning footage from the Bike For Bobby documentary, music and comedy from Simon Donald.  Tickets cost £100 and are available by emailing [email protected].

Robbie Elliott founded The Robbie Elliott Foundation earlier this year as a registered charity to  raise funds to fight cancer.  Bike For Bobby is jointly in aid of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and Breakthrough Breast Cancer.

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