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Last Updated: Monday, 25 February 2008, 09:18 GMT
Rise to the challenge for Sport Relief



Alan Shearer and Adrian Chiles are cycling from Newcastle to London, in just two days, to raise cash for Sport Relief
Alan Shearer and Adrian Chiles are cycling for Sport Relief

Alan Shearer and Match of the Day 2 presenter Adrian Chiles have announced a gruelling challenge for Sport Relief.

The duo will attempt to cycle 335 miles from Newcastle to London, via West Bromwich, in just two days in their Sport Relief Super Cycle.

They leave St James' Park on 13 March and aim to pedal into BBC Television Centre in London as part of the live Sport Relief show the following day.

"The professional cyclists think Adrian and I are mad," admitted Shearer.

"They don't understand why we are even contemplating our challenge because in cycling terms it's the equivalent of running three marathons in two days.

Alan Shearer and Adrian Chiles are cycling from Newcastle to London, in just two days, to raise cash for Sport Relief
Shearer and Chiles will cover 335 Miles for Sport Relief

"But we've both visited projects that Sport Relief money supports and seen what a massive difference it makes, so although it'll be a massive test of our endurance we're determined to give it our best shot."

The challenge will see the pair pedal an eye-watering 186 miles on the first day and an energy-sapping 149 miles on day two.

Given that 149 miles is the maximum distance cycled in any one day of the Tour de France, Shearer and Chiles will really be up against it for Sport Relief.

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They will travel to London via the Hawthorns, the home of Adrian's beloved West Bromwich Albion.

And you can show your support by making a donation to Sport Relief.

This year the big Sport Relief buzz word is 'challenge' and the idea is for everyone to do something sporty to raise cash.

Alan Shearer visits a Sport Relief project in Uganda
Alan Shearer has visited a Sport Relief project in Uganda

So if you have been inspired by Shearer and Chiles or the extraordinary efforts of James Cracknell, who plans to row, cycle and swim his way to Africa, why not challenge yourself for Sport Relief?

The ultimate way to get involved is to take part in one of the Sainsbury's Sport Relief Miles which are happening across the UK on 16 March.

This year, participants can set their own challenge by having the choice of completing one, three or six miles.

There will be well over 200 Sport Relief Miles around the UK, so there is bound to be one close to you. All you have to do now is sign up and start getting yourself sponsored.



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