Saturday 24 March 2018

Ardee man Tony takes fundraising up a gear

Cyclist Tony Murphy
Cyclist Tony Murphy

A DUNDALK-based paramedic is using pedal power to raise vital funds for the Breakthrough Cancer Research charity.

Tony Murphy will embark on the cycling challenge which will take him along historical and scenic routes through every county in Ireland, covering in excess of 1,780km.

The Ardee native has signed up to participate in four cycling tours, which will see him join other cyclists as they pedal their way north and south of the border, aiming to raise €500k for Breakthrough Cancer Research.

Tony explained that the cycle tours are just one part of the overall All-Ireland Endurance Challenge which is made up of four regional marathons, four regional cycle tours and a swim of part of the River Shannon.

'I will be just doing the cycling part of the challenge, which begins in Galway this Saturday,' said Tony.

'We're hoping to average about 170 to 180 kilometres every day in order to finish the challenge in 10 days. It will be tough, but I am looking forward to it. I've been doing a lot of training.'

Having already raised €4,500 for the cancer charity, he is appealing for further donations through his page, under 'Tony Murphy'.

'I really want to thank my family and work colleagues for all their donations and encouragement, and Eamon Martin from Wheels and Heels, Ardee for kindly sponsoring all my bike components and servicing.'

For further information on the challenge, check out the website

Drogheda Independent