Rovers players lend their support to charity bike ride

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Doncaster Rovers footballers James O’Connor and George Friend are supporting the Pedal for Pounds South cycling event to raise money for a cancer charity on August 21.

The event, starting near Finningley on August 21, aims to raise money for Yorkshire Cancer Research, which helps people across the region suffering from the condition.

The two defenders decided to raise awareness of the 19 or 48 mile sponsored bike ride around the Doncaster countryside after hearing how 259 people die from cancer every week in Yorkshire.

James said: “Yorkshire Cancer Research is the only cancer charity whose sole aim is to help Yorkshire people beat cancer.

“The 200-plus Yorkshire scientists and clinicians the charity funds in Sheffield, Bradford, Hull, Leeds, and York are among the world leaders in the fight against cancer so George and I have been only too glad to help Yorkshire Cancer Research raise the profile of their Pedal for Pounds South event.”

The footballing pair are supporting the cycling challenge which will attract entrants from across Yorkshire and should raise thousands of pounds for Yorkshire Cancer Research.

Emma Young, head of events at YCR, said: “We’re really pleased to be hosting the third Pedal for Pounds event in Doncaster and we hope it will be our best year yet.”

The event sets off from the Great Outdoors activities centre at Wroot Road, Finningley, on Sunday August 21. Entrants must be over 11 and the £18 fee includes sponsorship pack, T-shirt, certificate, medal and refreshments. To enter visit or call 01423 877 210.