Shearer and Chiles charging south for Sport Relief
The Match of the Day presenters Alan Shearer and Adrian Chiles are up and riding on their 335 mile charity Sport Relief Super Cycle.
With words of encouragement from Newcastle United manager Kevin Keegan ringing in their ears, the pair left the club’s St James’ Park ground this morning on a challenge that will see them raising money to help vulnerable people in the UK and in some of the world’s poorest countries.
Former Toon star Alan and Brummie Adrian are attempting to ride from the North East to London, via West Bromwich, in just two days. Today they hope to cover 186 miles and, despite Alan taking an early tumble, they have been making good progress.
And after this morning’s send-off, they will continue the footballing theme when they visit West Bromwich Albion’s Hawthorns ground – where Chiles is a regular spectator – en route to BBC television centre in London. They are aiming to arrive there in time to appear on the BBC’s Sport Relief broadcast which begins tomorrow night at 7pm.
You can monitor their progress in real time here, but at the time of writing and with 275 miles to go there is apparently a question mark hanging over the state of Chiles’ nether regions. Bottom updates will follow as we get them.