The Long Weekend

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."

Please help by donating as much as you can.

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


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