Ballycastle cycling club are finalising plans for their 2nd annual sportive which takes place on Saturday 24th September. All funds raised this year will go to the NI Children’s Hospice in memory of Oran Campbell, son of club member Uan Campbell.
The NI Children’s Hospice is the only service of its type in NI caring for babies, children and young people with life limiting or life threatening conditions. Children’s Hospice care is completely free to all these children and their families. Each year it costs over £3m to operate and run Children’s Hospice services. Only 20% of this is funded by government and therefore they rely heavily upon donations from the public. The NI Children’s Hospice provided invaluable care and support to Oran and his family throughout his short life, not only providing respite at Horizon House, Newtownabbey, but also providing care for Oran at his home through the provision of fully trained nursing staff. During Oran’s last few days, the Children’s Hospice provided Oran with end of life care and provided his family with much needed support. Sadly Oran passed away peacefully on the 31st of July 2016 in the Children’s Hospice.
On the day cyclists can choose between two routes (80km and 125km) through the scenic Glens of Antrim and North Coast. Leisure cyclists can enjoy the 80km circuit while the longer 125km loop will offer the more experienced cyclist challenging climbs and fast descents to test their level of fitness. Routes will be fully marshalled with motorbike outriders, professional bike mechanics, broom wagons and first aid support. There are two food stops along the way kindly sponsored by local business, Boyle’s Eurospar. Cyclists can look forward to soup and sandwiches at the finish line with sportive medals for completion of either route. Entries will be taken on the day with a minimum donation of £20. For further information please check out Ballycastle CC Sportive Facebook page or contact [email protected].