Tuesday 21 May 2019

Cyclists take on 1,600km challenge for charity

On Thursday 14th June, a group of like-minded cyclists are under taking the enormous challenge of cycling 1,600km from England's most southerly point Land's End to Scotland's most northerly point John O Groats from start to finish, all within four days.

Whilst doing this tough four day, 1,600km ultra cycling challenge, the group of cyclists are using the opportunity to raise some much needed funds for three charities:

Our Lady's Children's Hospital Crumlin, Dublin, North West Simon Community, Sligo and Western Care Association, Mayo.

The event is self-financed by all the cyclists and all of the proceeds collected will go directly to the three deserving charities listed.

Cyclists completing the challenge are Gary Smyth & Gary Bigley (Kiltimagh), Colm Carney (Bohola), Pat Murtagh (Tubbercurry), Jonathan Verry (Crossmolina), Gerry Boots (Armagh & London) and Alan Heaney, (Killasser)

Over the past two months, the group have spent extensive hours cycling the roads of Mayo, Galway & Sligo getting long miles in, most of it in the wind and rain they experienced this spring.

Typical training sessions entail 200km early morning spins, starting at 4am from Swinford and returning back by midday. The group does this at least twice per week to condition the bodies and build up miles in the legs.

While they are in pretty good shape physically, this 1,600km cycling challenge will take its toll, not just on the body but on the mind. It is really a psychological challenge.

The cyclists taking part have set up an online fundraising page, so please spread the word, share on Facebook, Twitter etc. as any small contribution will be kindly appreciated.

Anyone who would like to donate to this worthy cause, please use this link

You can also follow their journey on Facebook at

At this moment, the cyclists would like to take the opportunity to thank all who have donated to date, their wives and families for their support, fellow cyclists and last but not least the support team (four in total - Martin Conlon (Bohola), Martin Conlon (London), Ryan Prendergast (Swinford) and Brendan Doyle (Swinford) who will be at their beck and call for the whole 1,600km journey.

They heavily depend on their support team, as completion of this tough task, depends on everything running with military precision.

Sligo Champion