Saddle up for the North West Charity Cycle Challenge

Are you up for a challenge? If so, read on because the organisers of the North West Charity Cycle Challenge would like to hear from you.

The challenge is to cycle from Faughanvale and Donegal Town and back again on the weekend of April 21/22, a round trip of 133.9 miles.

Fortified by a complimentary breakfast, cyclists will set off from St Anne’s Hall, Faughanvale on Saturday morning between 8.30 and 9.30 and cycle route via Derry, Strabane, Victoria Bridge, Castlederg, Killen, Kesh, Beleek, Ballyshannon, Ballina to Donegal Town.

After an overnight stay in the Abbey Hotel, they will saddle up again the next morning and cycle back to Faughanvale by a different route home, travelling via Barnesmore Gap, Ballybofey/Stranorlar, Convoy, Raphoe, St Johnston, Derry and Eglinton.

Jim O’Hara, one of the organisers of the North West Charity Cycle Challenge, explains that the beneficiaries of the cycle will be The Salom Center for Peace and Reconciliation in Kenya and two local charities, Foyle Down Syndrome Trust and Northern Ireland Alzheimer’s Association.

“These three charities are very different but they are all doing excellent work. We hope the cycle will help raise awareness of this and also help raise much needed funds to help them continue with their work. The minimum sponsorship is £199. This includes a £50 registration fee deposit to secure your place on the cycle and covers all meals, drink stops en route and overnight accommodation in Donegal Town. There will be plenty of back-up and support for cyclists,” adds Jim.

Registering to take part in the North West Charity Cycle couldn’t be easier, all you have to do is turn up at the City Hotel on Sunday at 3pm. For registration forms or further information about the cycle, please contact Jim O’Hara, 02877768141; George O’Hara, 02877768222; Gerard O’Hara, 02877762844; or John Halliday, 02871811470.