Young farmers’ challenge

Some of the members of City of Derry YFC and Derg Valley YFC who will be cycling 120 miles on an eight-man bike similar to the one pictured.
Some of the members of City of Derry YFC and Derg Valley YFC who will be cycling 120 miles on an eight-man bike similar to the one pictured.

A group of young farmers from the Derry and Strabane areas have decided to take on a novel challenge to cycle over 100 miles on an eight-man bike.

The City of Derry Young Farmers Club have joined forces with their counterparts on Derg Valley YFC to take on the challenge.

Together they will of cycling to this year’s Young Farmers Club of Ulster Annual General Meeting and Conference on the bike.

They will be cycling 120 miles over the course of two days on Thursday 16th and Friday 17th April 2015.

Donations raised are going to charity, for the Royal Children’s Hospital in Belfast, Helping Hand and towards club funds.

The team will start their journey at the Guildhall in Derry in the early hours of Thursday morning and will travel along the A2Local people travelling along the route are urged to contribute if they are travelling along the same route.

A spokesmwoman for the organsiers of the event said:

“Please keep an eye out for them along the way as members will be in towns and villages collecting money.

“The clubs will stay over in Armagh on the Thursday night in Collone Young Farmers Club Hall.

“On Friday morning they will begin their journey to the La Mon Hotel, Belfast and hope to reach their destination by Friday evening.

“They will stop off at the Royal Hospital for photographs.”

She added that both clubs would like to thank local businesses who have already sponsored them.

Aanyone wanting to sponsor can text YFCC99 with the amount (£1-£10) to 70070.

Young Farmers’ Clubs of Ulster was founded in 1929, with the first club being established in Limavady.

There are now 60 clubs across the north with around 3,000 members aged 12 to 25 years. The YFCU each year runs a programme of courses, competitions and events for young people.