Lisburn's Gordon McKeown, Chairman of Friends of the Cancer Centre, is getting some walking and map reading advice in from previous participants Sarah Lynas (left) and her mum Lynne, ahead of the charity's forthcoming Slieve Donard Challenge on Saturday 11 September- The event's recent launch poignantly marked a year's anniversary since Lynne's daughter Sarah was diagnosed with lymphoma.
GORDON McKeown from Lisburn is calling on local people to step up to the challenge of the Friends of the Cancer Centre's annual 2010 Slieve Donard Challenge on Saturday September 11.
The Challenge is through the Mourne Mountains and covers a variety of terrain, so it requires a little preparation and a reasonable level of fitness.
Speaking about the 5.5 mile walk Gordon, who is Chairman of Friends of the Cancer Centre, explained: "If you aren't a committed walker it may sound like quite a hike but it's not a race and everyone takes it at their own pace, enjoying the company as well as the views. Last year we had sunshine all the way and the scenery was like a picture postcard. When we got to the top of Slieve Donard we really feite on top of the world. I'd urge anyone to give it a go.
"I'd say this walk is a great challenge, great fun and a great cause into
the bargain'" he added.
The Slieve Donard Challenge sets off from the car park in Donard Park and follows the Glen River uphill. After crossing a stile, participants follow the track above the river for about 2kms, heading towards the saddle between Donard and Commedagh, after which they can set their sights on the summit of Slieve Donard.
There are limited places available for this Challenge. The registration fee is £10. Participants are encouraged to try to raise a minimum of £50 through sponsorship. Under 18s must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. For further details and online registration or visit www.friendsofthecancercentre.com, or contact the 'Friends' fundraising offtce on 9069 9393.