Matt Peach and Chris Walsh who
will take part in a four day Canoe from Dromara to
Belfast along the Lagan sponsored by Tommy Anderson
of Lagan Valley Steels. US4107-513C0.
A TEAM of canoe enthusiasts are preparing for
a four-day expedition which will see them navigate the River
Lagan from its source at Slieve Croob all the way to the Lagan
Weir in Belfast City Centre.
Matt Peach, Chris Walsh, Peter Edgar, Pete
Dew, Mark Cleague and Tony McAreavey will undertake the
challenging project at the beginning of November to raise funds
for local charity Race Against Multiple Scelerosis (RAMS).
The first part of the 70-80 kilometre
journey, 'from Slieve Croob down to the sea', will see the team
take an early morning walk from the source of the Lagan to
Here they will board their canoes and paddle to
Dromore Leisure Centre. On the second day they will leave
Dromore Leisure Centre and paddle to Magheralin Road Bridge, a
journey which is expected to take around eight hours.
On day three it is expected to take a similar
length of time to travel from Magheralin to Glenmore Activity
Centre. Day four will see the team undertake the final stage of
the trip from Glenmore to Lagan Weir.
Chris Walsh, whose father John is Principal of
Fort Hill Primary School, spoke of his enjoyment of canoeing.
"During the last three years I have been lured by the passion of
open boating," he said. Chris also said the Lagan was one of
Northern Ireland's most famous river systems. "I have had an
interest in travelling along its length for some time. It is an
amazing trip," he said.
"The source and the mouth are actually quite
close as the crow flies. In fact the mouth can actually be seen
from the source on Slieve Croob, yet the river meanders its
course through some beautiful countryside on its 70 km journey
to the sea."
All five men have an interest in supporting the work of RAMS
which they describe as 'a very impressive charity' and hope the
trip will provide the backdrop for a 'fantastic fundraising