Robbie Elliott gets his legs waxed

In October, former Newcastle United, Sunderland, Leeds United, Bolton Wanders and Hartlepool United defender Robbie Elliott will be cycling 3,500 miles to raise funds for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and Breakthrough Breast Cancer.

Bike For Bobby is a cycling challenge being undertaken by Robbie and his friend and co-rider Phil Gray to ride between the eight clubs, in four different countries, managed by Sir Bobby Robson.

This week, training stepped up a gear as the duo had their legs waxed, which is a professional cycling technique to aid massage and help prevent infections should they come off the bike.

It was a first experience for them both, and one they found painful, but that didn't prevent them from leaving the beauty salon and heading straight on the bikes for more training.

Robbie said: "We're training hard and working hard and it's starting to get exciting now. We always earmarked the waxing as one of the build up things to the ride so now we know we're getting closer.

"It's really starting to take hold, what we're doing, and things are moving fast with more and more people getting on board and showing support.

"It's really enjoyable at this moment in time but we have to come back for another leg wax in about four weeks. It's going to be tough coming back for that because today was the first time I've ever had it done and it hurt.

"I didn't know what to expect and I'd been told a lot of horror stories about waxing. Thankfully I wasn't the bleeder people said I would be."

Bike For Bobby will see Robbie and Phil cycle from Lisbon to Newcastle via Porto, Eindhoven, Ipswich and London (Fulham and Wembley) in less than four weeks as they pay tribute to Sir Bobby and raise funds to fight cancer.

For more information, or to donate to Bike For Bobby, please visit www.robbieelliottfoundation.com.