Bike ‘n’ Hike Challenge

Hi folks, just back from Kerry after completing the “Bike ‘n’ Hike” challenge for the Irish Heart Foundation. First things first, I would like to thank everyone who has already made a donation. Your support and gene…rosity is deeply appreciated and if anyone would like to make a donation towards the Irish Heart Foundation then please get in touch, every little helps!

After cycling from Cork to Killarney yesterday, Saturday 14th July, I have to take my hat off to anyone who rides a bike because sitting on that bloody saddle is not easy at all. How anyone spends hours training and sitting on that tiny, tiny saddle and say its comfortable is beyond me! At the finish line I had someone come up to me and asked me how I feel…I told them I felt like ****(I think you know what I mean). To say I was in agony is an understatement because I was howling with the pain. Even today I can’t sit or walk properly and my brothers have nick-name “Duke” after John Wayne!

As the title of the challenge suggests, cycling was only one part because in the afternoon we commenced our hike to the top of Ireland’s highest mountain, Carrantuahill at a height of 1038 metres. With legs like jelly, we made it to the top of Carrantuahill after completing the climb. Finally folks, with your help the Irish Heart Foundation can support vital research to improve treatment for heart disease and stroke. They can help save lives through their resuscitation programmes. They can give advice through their National Heart & Stroke Helpline 1890-432787. They can inform you and your family to reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke and can help your children to get active and eat well. They can be there for you or someone you know that has been affected by cardiovascular disease.


We made it!