On Sunday 8th October , cycling enthusiasts were once again invited to put their endurance to the test by competing in the annual Granite Challenge event to help raise funds for Action Mental Health (AMH). Hundreds and hundreds of cyclists arrived in Downpatrick early to take on the 55 mile long distance cycle and raise vital funds for the charity’s Men’s Shed project, a support network for men aged 50 and over.
Back for its sixth year running, the event was supported by a Lanterne Rouge Cycling Club, White’s Oats, McConvey Cycles and Rapid Relief Team.
Following a nutritious bowl of White’s Oats porridge and tea and coffee at registration – the cyclists got their wheels spinning at the starting line at AMH’s New Horizons Service in Downpatrick and followed a route that took in the scenic surroundings of Tyrella, Newcastle, the Mournes and Silent Valley before returning via Bryansford, Maghera and Clough. The now famous tea stop at the top of Spelga was a welcome sight as were the hundreds of traybakes baked by our very own Shedders! Then it was off again, back to Downpatrick, for a bowl of homemade soup and a well earned rest!
A grand day out was had by all – we would like to send thanks to everyone who took part, and to our wonderful army of volunteers. Well done everyone! There’s lots of photos on our facebook page!