Ex-footballer and Celebrity Masterchef Finalist heads off from Elland Road at 5am on Sunday

Former England footballer Danny Mills has rescheduled the Archie Mills Memorial Challenge 225-mile bike ride from Leeds to London for the spina bifida charity Shine that he was due to undertake last month.

The ride comes ten years after Mills and wife Lisa lost their unborn son Archie to spina bifida. The couple were told four months into Lisa’s pregnancy that their son's condition was so serious their was no chance of his surviving.

Mills was forced to postpone the ride after being struck by gastroenteritis nearly a fortnight ago on the day before he was due to leave Leeds – coincidentally, falling ill on the same day that he appeared in the pre-recorded BBC Celebrity Masterchef final, won Emma Kennedy.

The ride will now start at 5am on Sunday 7 October from Leeds United’s Elland Road ground and after arriving in the capital Mills, who made more than 100 appearances for the club, will then complete an Olympic distance triathlon in Richmond Park starting from Pools on the Park at 8.30am the following day.

Mills is now more than halfway towards his £10,000 fundraising target, and you can sponsor him via his page on the charity website, Just Giving.

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.