TV personality Timmy Mallett will be at Hartlepool United this weekend as part of a charity challenge.
The former Wacaday host is a keen fan of Pools’ opponents Oxford United and is heading to Victoria Park with his son Billy.
The Malletts are keen cyclists and supporters of the Sustrans cycling charity, and they plan to start on Friday afternoon from Darlington station before biking along the edge of the Dales, along traffic free routes and old railway tracks, through Bishop Auckland and Durham and arrive at The Vic in time for the game.
Timmy said: “We’re looking forward to the challenge of this cycle ride. It’s Oxford’s furthest away fixture in the League and we were delighted to combine our love of football with our love of cycling.”
Timmy and his family stayed in Hartlepool back in 2001 when he starred in panto at Billingham Forum.
He hit the headlines during that stay when he rescued town woman Geraldine Holland from the marina after she had fallen into the water off Navigation Point.
He added: “I loved living in Hartlepool during the panto season and we made some good friends.”
Son Billy said: “I haven’t missed an Oxford game in over four years but it’s the first time I’ve cycled this far! I’m looking forward to sampling some great seafood after winning three points!”
The two plan to return home to London with Grand Central on Sunday.