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Rugby star goes the extra mile [or 415] for children with cancer

Rugby star Stephen Ferris launching CLIC Sargent's Malin to Mizen Cycle Challenge

Rugby star Stephen Ferris launching CLIC Sargent's Malin to Mizen Cycle Challenge

LOCAL rugby star Stephen Ferris has swapped his rugby shirt for a cycling jersey to launch CLIC Sargent's Malin to Mizen Cycle Challenge 2013 and is asking local people to go the extra 415 miles for children and young people with cancer.

Maghaberry man Stephen is asking cyclists to take on the ultimate Irish cycle challenge from Ireland's most northerly point, Malin Head to Mizen Head in the south. The seven day event will take place from May 18-25 2013, is open to everyone and will see participants take on this legendary challenge which takes you through stunning Irish countryside.

Local business Chain Reaction Cycles are lending their support to the event with great prizes for top fundraisers and will be on hand to offer expert advice on training and equipment.

Ireland and Ulster star Stephen said; "I am delighted to be launching CLIC Sargent's Malin to Mizen Cycle Challenge. On average, families in Northern Ireland have to travel 95 miles, up to five times a week to access the cancer treatment they need for their. sick child. Its 415 miles from Malin Head to Mizen Head; which is much less than the journey many families make every week. This thought will definitely help spur everyone on as they train for the challenge. This will be a fantastic experience for all participants as they get to see some of our beautiful countryside and of course enjoy the legendary Irish hospitality."

Teresa Sloan, Appeal Director at CLIC Sargent added; "We are very excited that Stephen is supporting our Malin to Mizen Cycle Challenge. This is going to be a trip to remember, we hope to have 60 people take part and raise a significant amount of money for our Homes from Home Appeal.

"Our aim is to build two Homes from Home close to the two main Belfast hospitals so that we can ease the financial and emotional burden on families at an already difficult time. All of the money raised through this event will go towards making that happen." .

Participants are asked to pay a registration fee of £195 and to pledge to raise a minimum sponsorship. You will be accompanied by a professional cycle leader who will organise all local transfers, accommodation, meals, plus a support team including a bike mechanic who will be on hand throughout the whole trip.

CLIC Sargent will be on hand every step of the way to support you with fundraising, training and fitness advice. For more information contact Eimear McCooey at or call 028725780 or visit

Ulster Star