Cycling pair to go peak-to peak

Craig Dalzell and son Jake promote Saturday's fundraising day at Samuel Kirk Builder Merchants in Glengormley. INNT 25-653con
Craig Dalzell and son Jake promote Saturday's fundraising day at Samuel Kirk Builder Merchants in Glengormley. INNT 25-653con
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Two Newtownabbey men will be taking part in a unique cycling challenge to conquer some of Ireland’s highest peaks for charity.

Craig Rowan and his friend Stephen Dalzell will be cycling to the most northern, southern and eastern points of the island and climbing each of the four provinces highest peaks for the ‘Cycle the 4 Peaks Ireland’ event.

They set off from the Children’s Hospice on the O’Neill Road on Sunday, June 30 and head south to Slieve Donard in County Down, followed by Lugnaquilla in County Wicklow, Carraunthoohill in County Kerry and Mweelrea in County Mayo.

The fortnight long challenge will see the duo cycle a total distance of over 1,000miles and climb almost 4,000metres.

Craig said: “From our research, it appears that no-one has ever completed this challenge before, so Stephen and I are looking forward to completing this unique event and raise funds for the Children’s Hospice in the process.

“I recently had the privilege of seeing at first-hand the unique work of the Children’s Hospice during one of the charity’s annual evenings and this experience has made both Stephen and myself even more determined to complete this challenge to help life-limited children and young people living in the Newtownabbey area and beyond.

“So please dig deep, because the money we raise for the Children’s Hospice will be what gets us finished.”

The Newtownabbey community has already started to get behind this unique event with Ashgrove Primary School, Greendale Nursery School and the 104th Beavers Group in Glengormley Church of Ireland all raising funds for the Children’s Hospice in support of the Cycle the 4 Peaks Ireland event.

And this Saturday, June 22, the pair have organised a family fun day in Samuel Kirk Builder Merchants on the Antrim Road to build on their fundraising efforts.

From 2pm the event will feature some of the T13 Urban Sports Academy Crew, with chances to get involved in the coolest sports on the planet by taking part in BMX and parkour workshops.

As well as a barbecue and raffle, there will also be chances to win free session passes to the amazing T13 Urban Sports Park located in Belfast’s Titanic Quarter.

For further information, or to support Craig and Stephen go to www.facebook.com/4points4peaks or email cyclethe4peaksireland@hotmail.com.