The Long Weekend
10 September 2020
10 September 2020
Our great supporter, Stuart Thom, has revealed his latest cycling challenge.
Disappointed that the 40th Great North Run was postponed subsequently postponing the planned Rugby ‘Try’, another challenge was born. There will be a group of eight making up the peloton who will be cycling 410 miles round Northern Ireland over three days, now called ‘The Long Weekend’.
Leaving the Royal Belfast Golf Club at 6am on Friday 16th October the peloton will cover 152 miles on day one by following the coast until Londonderry / Derry before heading south along the Irish border to Castlederg.
The peloton will then cover 145 miles on Saturday 17th October from Castlederg again following the border as much as possible before resting up in Warrenpoint for the night.
Sunday 18th October is a gentle 100 miles along the coast to Strangford before crossing Strangford Lough and continuing from Portaferry. The peloton will continue along the outside of the Ards Peninsula before arriving back before dark at the Royal Belfast Golf club where a couple of Guinness will be waiting.
Stuart said: "I grew up in Melrose and enjoyed watching Doddie play rugby at the club and was fortunate enough to play the odd game with him."
"The challenge will be tough, but nothing compared to the everyday challenge Doddie and fellow sufferers of MND face."
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|Friday 16th October:|
|6am||Leave Royal Belfast Golf Club|
|06:00 – 09:00||Royal Belfast GC to Carnlough Harbour||48 miles|
|09:45 – 12:45||Carnlough Harbour to Royal Portrush GC||45 miles|
|13:45 – 16:45||Royal Portrush GC to Derry / Londonderry||40 miles|
|17:30 – 19:30||Derry / Londonderry to Castlederg||28 miles|
|Day total||161 miles|
|Saturday 17th October:|
|07:00 – 09:00||Castlederg to Belleek||31 miles|
|09:45 – 12:45||Belleek to Teemore||40 miles|
|13:30 – 15:30||Teemore to Monaghan||32 miles|
|16:15 – 19:30||Monaghan to Warrenpoint||46 miles|
|Day total||149 miles|
|Sunday 18th October:|
|07:00 – 09:00||Warrenpoint to Newcastle||28 miles|
|09:45 - 11:45||Newcastle to Strangford||28 miles|
|12:45 – 15:45||Portaferry to Royal Belfast GC||44 miles|
|Day total||100 miles|