Get on your bikes to back Bobby and breast cancer

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RESIDENTS can get on their bikes for a countryside ride in aid of two good causes.

Ex-Newcastle United defender Robbie Elliot and triathlete Phil Gray are inviting people to support The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and Breakthrough Breast Cancer by taking part in a 33-mile cycle sportive next week.

Starting out from Ponteland Leisure Centre, the course takes in some of Northumberland’s most beautiful countryside and passes through Whalton, Cambo and Mitford. It will end with a welcome party back in Ponteland.

The event will mark the end of a much larger challenge undertaken by the two men.

The sportive will represent the last 33 miles of a mammoth 3,500-mile cycle from Lisbon to Newcastle via Porto, Barcelona, Eindhoven, Ipswich, Fulham, Wembley (England) and Newcastle United football stadiums to celebrate the footballing achievements of Sir Bobby Robson and in turn raise money for the two charities.

The event at the finish in Ponteland will include stands for retailers such as Altura and Storck and pasta for the cyclists will be provided by local restaurant Fratelli. Other sporting figures should also be present to greet Mr Elliot and Mr Gray.

Entry to the sportive, which takes place on Saturday, November 10, from 10am, is £20 via

This includes a Bike for Bobby t-shirt and a timing chip so you know your exact time over the 33 miles. It is open to anyone, regardless of cycling ability, although those under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

All money raised will be donated to The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and Breakthrough Breast Cancer through Robbie Elliot’s charity the Robbie Elliott Foundation. Donations can be made at