Former Newcastle United and Sunderland player Robbie Elliott has completed his 3,500-mile cycling challenge with a 'celebratory' leg to St James' Park.
Elliott and his cycling partner Phil Gray arrived in time for this afternoon's match, and was greeted by Sir Bobby Robson's widow Lady Elsie.
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