Cork to Belfast; Ireland 2015

 23 May
 Cork, Ireland
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 Tony Gibson
As many of you will now know, we had very premature twins in late July. Sadly, little Rosie didn't make it. Freddie has been in hospital for 106 days and as I write this, we are gearing up to finally get him home. As a little token of thanks, I'm going to cycle from the bottom to the top of Ireland and I'm looking for volunteers to share in my suffering/adventure/trip. I'd really like a show of hands at this stage. The exact logistics will be calculated once I know who's going. My provisional plan is to start at the bottom and cycle north stopping in B&Bs and youth hostels. My parents have agreed to go as 'back up' in their campervan, so transporting bags, etc is sorted. The total distance is approx. 360 miles, so I reckon 4 cycling days of approx 90 miles per day. The event will start on the later bank holiday weekend in May 2015 (Saturday - Tuesday). I'm on setting up a sponsorship page which will enable me/us to raise some money for the Sunderland Royal Neonatal Unit and 4Louis (a charity for parents of stillborn children). If you're up for the challenge - please let me know by the end of the year so I can get the ball rolling! ------------------------------------------- UPDATE: 23/01/15 Ok, so I thought I'd best get looking at this and have realised that transfers from Cork to Mizen Head (approx 60 miles) and Malin Head to Armagh or Belfast (100 miles +) is a logistical nightmare and costly affair. I've therefore re-jigged the route slightly to Cork - Befast (approx 270 miles / 3 days). This is far easier logistically, cheaper and fewer days off work. Flight/train to Cork Friday 22nd May, cycling Saturday-Monday, fly home/travel back Tuesday. I've got a .pdf with details of routes and accommodation. Can you please let me know if you're still interested as I'll need to book accommodation asap. Cheers! Cork - Belfast Charity Ride 2015 Start: Aer Lingus Newcastle – Cork Friday 22nd May 2050 (~£90 including bike) OR Train Newry – Cork (~€85/£65 including bike) Stay at Cork International Hostel (~£15-20 per head) _____________________________________________________________________________________________ Day 1 Saturday 23rd May: Cork to Ballacolla (~93 miles +3750ft) Stay at Farm Hostel, Ballacolla (cost? TBC) Day 2 Sunday 24th May: Ballacolla - Newgrange (~84 miles +1900ft) Stay at Newgrange Hostel Nr Drogheda (~£15-20 per head) Day 3 Monday 25th May: Newgrange – Belfast (~84 miles +3850ft) Stay at Vagabonds Hostel (£40 for a twin room) _____________________________________________________________________________________________ Home: Easyjet Belfast International - Newcastle Tuesday 26th May 0820 (£32.99 + £35.00 bike) Tuesday 26th May 1805 (£34.99 + £35.00 bike)

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