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Keen cyclists take part in 200 mile trek

Cyclists who took part in the charity challenge were Aurp Mallik, Chris Grant, John O'Hara, Steph Fox and Gillian Grant. The support team were Bill Forsythe, Noel McParland, Paul McDonell and Phil Johnston

Cyclists who took part in the charity challenge were Aurp Mallik, Chris Grant, John O'Hara, Steph Fox and Gillian Grant. The support team were Bill Forsythe, Noel McParland, Paul McDonell and Phil Johnston

A GROUP of keen cyclists took part in a gruelling two day challenge from County Armagh to County Fermanagh raising an amazing 1450 for charity.

The money will go towards financing an ambulance at the British Red Cross for a year which will cover some of Lisburn's main events.

The cyclists left Gawleys Gate in Aghalee on Saturday, June 16 on a 200 mile journey which spanned over two days.

Their journey which partially used the national cyclist route, started at Gawleys Gate to Gortin in county Tyrone and then to Garrison, county Fermanagh the following day.

All the money they raised will go towards the British Red Cross and the Lisburn branch of the Ambulance Fund.

One of the organisers Christopher Grant and a trainer for the British Red Cross, thanked all those who donated money, the fundraisers and their sponsors Atos Healthcare.

"We wanted to do this because Lisburn branch of British Red Cross need 1500 for a year to run an ambulance to cover the Lisburn area," said Chris.

"If they did not have this vehicle which is a lifeline for them and they would not be able to cover such important events including the Lisburn Half Marathon, Mayors Parade and the Twelfth Parade."

The cyclists who took part were Aurp Mallik, Chris Grant, John O'Hara, Steph Fox and Gillian Grant.

The support team were Bill Forsythe, Noel McParland, Paul McDonell and Phil Johnston and the support vehicles were supplied by Glassgiven Contracts, Bill Forsythe and Noel McParland.

Ulster Star
03/08/2007