Giles to get on his bike for challenge

Alan Shearer, a Patron of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, with Giles Evans.
Alan Shearer, a Patron of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, with Giles Evans.

A fundraiser is preparing to get on a bike to recreate an epic challenge.

In 2010, after losing a family friend to cancer, Giles Evans cycled from Newcastle to Llaneli – from ‘Toon to Town’ – to raise funds for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.

More than £55,000 has been raised for good causes under the Toon to Town banner, with Giles, of Bedlington, planning to continue fundraising.

Giles, a detective with Northumbria Police, said: “It began with my 420-mile charity cycle from Newcastle to my home town of Llaneli.

“We’ve had tremendous support from all sorts of people and hope to raise £100,000 by 2015. That would be a fantastic way to sign off.”

This year the Toon to Town team are raising money for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and Help for Heroes.

Their next challenge is on Saturday, September 20, when they will be recreating their Newcastle to Llanelli ride within Asda in Ashington using four static Wattbikes kindly supplied by Mark Breeze of Breeze Bikes in Amble.

Giles met up with Alan Shearer, a patron of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, who passed on his thanks from the charity and best wishes for the challenge.

Giles added: “We’ll be trying to do the whole distance in one day. That’s 452 miles, but we think is achievable as a team.

“It will mean each of us cycling 113 miles over the five or six hours we’re in Asda. Any support from shoppers will be gratefully received.”

“Mark and his Breeze2fitness studio are fantastic and helped us get prepared for our ride this year so it’s very apt that we’re using their training bikes for this.”

Alan said: “It was a pleasure to meet up with Giles. He’s done a great deal for charities including the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation in the last few years.

“I’ve done a long charity cycle ride myself, from Newcastle to London, and it was no picnic believe me. I admire what these lads are doing and wish them well.”

The Toon to Town Dinner on November 29, at the Village Hotel, Silverlink, includes speakers Mark ‘Run Geordie Run’ Allison and Invictus Games double gold medallist Andy Grant.

Tickets cost £30 each and the event is almost sold out.

For further information contact Giles via email at or visit

Sir Bobby launched his Foundation in 2008 to help find effective ways to detect and treat cancer. It funds projects, including the clinical trials of new drugs, that directly benefit patients from across the north east and Cumbria and which contribute significantly to international research into cancer.