Cyclists get on their bikes around Ireland and raise £45k for Hospice

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Local cyclists have raised £45,000 for the Foyle Hospice in a charity cycle from Mizen to Malin.

The cyclists made the 430 mile-long challenge in just five days.

Ten local cyclists who cycled 1,000 miles around Ireland incpororating the Mizen to Malin cycle in aid of the Foyle Hospice. Photo by Peter McLaughlin 2606IC02

Ten local cyclists who cycled 1,000 miles around Ireland incpororating the Mizen to Malin cycle in aid of the Foyle Hospice. Photo by Peter McLaughlin 2606IC02

And as if the marathon trek from Malin to Mizen wasn’t long enough, ten of those who took part in the challenge added another 570 miles to the journey by cycling from Malin Head to Mizen Head via County Down before biking to Ireland’s most northerly point.

The cycle was fifth Mizen to Malin event organised by the Hospice.

Speaking to the ‘Journal,’ Ciaran McGinley, said the biennial event is becoming more and more popular. “This is the fifth time we’ve held the event, which takes place every two years, and we’re always very grateful to those who take part. However, we’re hoping to have special one next year to mark the City of Culture 2013” - (travelling from the former European Capital of Culture, Cork, to the City of Culture).

The cyclists - both male and female - who took part in the challenge were busy fundraising for six to nine months beforehand.

Experienced cyclist, Terry Donnelly, who has taken part in each of the Hospice’s Mizen Head to Malin Head cycles, said cyclists of all levels take part in the fun challenge. “It’s great to see so many people getting involved to raise money for the good cause.”

Mr McGinley paid tribute to those who wook part in the challenge. “They are helping us raise the money needed to benefit our patients and their families.

“We need to raise £1.5m every year and so we rely on people giving their time to take part in events like the cycle.”