Monica’s ‘relief’ after completing gruelling cycle in memory of brother

Monica Fee, centre, pictured with Katie McCracken, left, and Clare McLaughlin, who are supporting her fundraising effort. DER0815-150KM
Monica Fee, centre, pictured with Katie McCracken, left, and Clare McLaughlin, who are supporting her fundraising effort. DER0815-150KM
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Drumahoe hairdresser, Monica Fee has told the Journal of her ‘relief’ after completing her incredible Cycle Against Suicide effort by cycling 1400km around Ireland.

Her preparations and inspirational story have been documented in the ‘Journal’ in the run-up to the start of the event which started on Monday 27th April.

Monica only learned to cycle to take part in Cycle Against Suicide, after her brother Kieran took his own life, and her accounts of her trials and tribulations have helped increase awareness of the issue of suicide.

Monica was greeted at the finish line in Dublin by family and friends including her husband, Adrian, and decided to spend the night in Dublin to ease her aches and pains.

She said, “I’ve achieved more than myself or anyone could imagine.”

The aches and pains in the preparation have also been nothing compared to what she feels as she neared the end, “My knees are beginning to hurt, my palms are numb as they sting and are sore, but I’m almost done.”

Asked to sum up her feelings at completing the Cycle Against Suicide in one word, she replied: “Relieved”.

Read her account in next Friday’s edition of the Journal.