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:
7am Leave Castlederg
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:
7am Leave Warrenpoint
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