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Mizen to Malin cycle

Local cyclists embark on 670km challenge for various charities

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The cyclists as they embark on their Mizen Head to Malin Head charity cycle

The cyclists as they embark on their Mizen Head to Malin Head charity cycle

The cyclists as they embark on their Mizen Head to Malin Head charity cycle

A group of twenty-six keen cyclists are due to arrive at Malin Head, Co Donegal today (Tuesday) after setting off on the gruelling 670 km journey from Mizen Head in Co Kerry on Saturday.

The event has organised by Barry Rogers from Tallanstown, who has raised €5,000 for the Maria Goretti Foundation. Fellow cyclists Jim Doyle, Kenneth Trimble and Jason Faulkner have raised €1,500 for SOSAD, while Daniel Lambe has raised €400 for the Central Remedial Clinic. Paul Campbell has decided to raise money for the Cappagh Children's Foundation. They are being supported in their fund-raising efforts by the other cyclists, who are members of various cycling clubs in the county.

The cyclists have been busy preparing for the challenge, with some clocking up 300km or more on the roads around the county, as they got ready for the marathon cycle which takes them from the southernmost tip of the country to the far north.

It's a real endurance test, both mentally and physically, especially when undertaken in the unpredictable Irishweather.

There was a very early start for the group as they got a bus from Dundalk at 4.45am on Saturday morning so that they could start the challenge just after lunchtime.

The first day saw them cycling from Mizan to Macroom, the shortage stage of the trek, which saw them completing legs of 150km to 180km a day. Sunday saw them cycling from Macroom to Birr, on Monday their route took them from Birr to Enniskillen and they are due to finish the challenge today when they complete the final leg to Milan Head.

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