The fundraisers are planning to cycle from West Bromwich Albion’s Hawthorns ground to Sunderland’s Stadium of Light – a massive a 250-miles – in less than two days, aiming to arrive ahead of the Barclays Premier League fixture between the two football clubs on Saturday 9 April.


The duo, both from Swindon, who work for Wiltshire-based company Virtua UK, are embarking on the challenge to raise money for national charity MS Research.


Rob said: “Every year thousands of people are diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, it is more common than people realise and there is still no cure. This, plus the fact that a couple of our closest friends have been affected by it are key reasons we are attempting the journey.


He continued: “MS Research has been doing a great deal of research over the last few years to find a way of helping people cope with MS and work towards a cure, and we want to help their cause. We strongly believe that the money we are going to raise can help MS Research in their campaigns to make a difference to the lives of many suffering from it.”


Multiple Sclerosis is a disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the communication between the brain and other parts of the body.


Money raised by Rob and Brian will help MS Research provide information for anyone affected by multiple sclerosis, education programmes for health professionals, funding for practical research and campaigning for specialist multiple sclerosis services.


Rob and Brian will be setting off on their bike ride on Friday 8 April. Anyone wishing to support Rob and Brian can do so via their Just Giving page at www.justgiving.com/robbrown-brianwatt

This event is sponsored by Soaring Worldwide and Citroen UK.


Issued on behalf of MS Research by Empica. For further information contact Martin Powell (01275) 394400.