A FORMER Sunderland AFC footballer is getting on his bike to raise money for two cancer charities.
Robbie Elliott is doing a 3,500-mile round Europe ride in aid of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and Breakthrough Breast Cancer.
Robbie is riding with his friend, triathlete Phil Gray and the pair will take in locations linked to Sir Bobby’s glittering football career.
They leave Lisbon in October and ride to Porto, Eindhoven, Ipswich, Wembley and Fulham, in London, before making the long haul up to Newcastle,
The pair hope to complete the ride in fewer than four weeks.
As part of their training they had their legs waxed, which professional cyclists do to aid massage and limit the chance of infection should they fall off the bike.
“It’s the first time I’ve ever had my legs waxed,” said Robbie, who also played for Newcastle United and Hartlepool United.
“It hurt – and I’m going to have to have it done again in four weeks.
“We are both training and working hard for the ride and the first leg-waxing brings home to us that the start is not so far away now.
“It’s exciting and really starting to take hold what we are doing with things moving fast, as more and more people get on board and show their support.”
Sir Bobby and his wife Lady Elsie launched the foundation in 2008, as he fought his own battle with cancer.
It has since raised more than £4million to help find more effective treatments for the disease.
The charity works closely on projects with the Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
More than 1,000 patients have undergone clinical trials at the Sir Bobby Robson Cancer Trials Research Centre and the foundation helped fund new facilities for teenage cancer patients at the Royal Victoria Infirmary, in Newcastle.
Breakthrough Breast Cancer is running its own Go Pink campaign urging supporters to do anything with a pink theme to mark breast cancer awareness month in October.
To sponsor Robbie’s ride go to: www.robbieelliottfoundation.com.