He may not have braved a bicycle since his schooldays, but Drumahoe man Paul Kayne plans an ambitious sponsored cycle of almost 40 miles for Action Cancer this weekend.
The sponsored cycle will see Paul - a butcher at Longs Supermarket in Newbuildings - make the arduous journey from Newbuildings to Portrush this Sunday, April 29. “To be honest, I haven’t been on a bike since 1st year at school,” Paul laughs.
“I did something similar for charity a few years ago when I canoed from Prehen Boathouse to the mouth of the Foyle to raise money for Romania. So when I heard about raising money for Action Cancer I wanted something a bit more challenging - and so this cycle is 39.2 miles!”
Paul is already in preparation for his mammoth cycling challenge. “I ditched the car two weeks ago and have been cycling to work and back every day which is 3.5 miles there and back, so I’m getting into shape slowly.”
The determined 24 year-old will have some valuable support on the day, too, as he reveals. “It’ll be myself doing it and another man, a professional cyclist who is coming along to keep me going and keep my confidence up. My father, Adrian Kayne, will be driving alongside us too, with water, supplies and a repair kit for the bike in case anything goes wrong!”
The route of the sponsored cycle will see Paul leaving from the front of Longs Supermarket in Newbuildings at 9.30am, travelling through Eglinton, Greysteel, Ballykelly, Limavady, Coleraine and finishing at Ramore Head in Portrush. Sponsorship money has been pouring in from a variety of sources.
“A lot of local businesses are sponsoring me, £20 per business, and I’ll have their logos on my t-shirt during the cycle. There’s a big notice-board at the butcher counter, my father is sponsoring me £1 a mile, and my sister has also made up sponsor sheets too.”
So far, Paul has received the support and sponsorship of Pure and Simple Coffee Shop, The Village Fire, The Crescent Bakery, Sinclair Furnishing, Javeria Hairdressing, the Pamper Palace and Room to Race.
One thing’s for sure, Paul will be in need of a holiday after cycling 40 miles this Sunday!