Pedal for Petrov
Aston Villa masseurs Alex Butler and Andrew Smith have just completed their epic cycle challenge to Villa Park from Stiliyan Petrov's former club Celtic.
"On 30 March 2012, we received the news that our club captain and personal friend, Stiliyan Petrov was diagnosed with leukaemia.
As you can imagine the news came as a massive shock, not only to us all at Aston Villa, but also to his friends, his fans, the entire football community and most importantly of all, his family.
Stan has always been there for myself and Andrew and we will always be grateful for everything he has done for us and as a small token of our appreciation we have decided to embark on a cycle between Stan's previous club Celtic and Aston Villa to raise money for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.
The cycle will be taking place in September starting at Celtic Park on the 4th and finishing at Villa park via several stop offs along the way on the 9th of Sept."
Thank you again for visiting this page for our friend Stan. Your support means the world to him during his fight against leukaemia.
Alex Butler, Masseur AVFC
Thank you Land Rover
A big thank you to Land Rover for sponsoring this event and providing transport, without which Pedal for Petrov could not have taken place.
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Raised so far:£92,403
Villa stars past and present turn out at Pedal for Petrov dinner
Pedal for Petrov - the journey
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Tom Hanks (yes that Tom Hanks!) adds his support for Pedal for Petrov! You can support the ride by texting STAN91 followed by an amount (either £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10) to 70070 or by donating at Justgiving.
Feature on Alex and Andy and their training session with Geoff Thomas.
Alex and Andy talk to AVTV about Pedal for Petrov and training with Geoff Thomas followed by Stiliyan talking about the fundraising ride.
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It's the first day and Alex and Andrew will set off from Celtic Football Club, Celtic Park. Today they will ride a total of 80 miles, stopping at Newton St Boswell's village green on the Scottish borders. They will stop for lunch at The Robertson Arms Carnwath. This is a tough first ride climbing 3,783 feet.
Alex and Andrew will set off from St Boswell heading to Newcastle United's grounds at St James' Park. This is a slightly shorter ride than yesterday at around 67 miles with a climb of 3,579 feet. The pair will enter England and ride through Northumberland national park, stopping for lunch at The Percy Arms Hotel in Otterburn.
On the toughest day's ride so far the pair will leave Newcastle to cycle a gruelling 87.8 miles, climbing 7,978 feet and finishing the day in Threshfield in the Yorkshire dales. They will stop for lunch at the The Stanwick in the picturesque village of Aldborough St John.
In their fourth consecutive day of cycling Alex and Andrew will set off from Threshfield and head south out of the Yorkshire dales. Today they will cycle 69 miles with a climb of 3,490 feet, stopping off for lunch in Mellor near Blackburn at The Millstone. They will finish the day at Liverpool FC.
Alex and Andrew will have a break from cycling today to give press interviews and travel to Manchester to prepare for day 6. Be sure to follow them on Twitter and check these pages for updates on how they are getting on with the challenge.
It's the last day of cycling and Alex and Andrew will set off from Manchester town hall. This is the longest ride of the week, an incredible 97.6 miles with a climb of 5,867 feet. The ride will end with a triumphant return home to Birmingham and Aston Villa FC, followed by a celebration dinner.