Fermanagh duo gear up for epic cycling challenge

10 May 2018

Friends set to cycle 555km across the rugged coastline of Donegal in support of Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice

Fermanagh men, Mark McGirr and Niall Murphy, will take on the ultimate endurance challenge on Friday, 22nd June 2018 as they prepare to cycle 555km across the rugged coastline of Donegal in memory of their family friend, Riley Moss, who received specialist palliative care at Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice.

The men have set themselves a target of completing the 555km route covering the coast of Donegal inside 19 hours non-stop, with the assistance of a dedicated support crew. 

Speaking about the upcoming challenge, Mark said: “Niall and I are highly competitive and we will be pushing ourselves against international riders to try and win this event. We are very grateful to our support team and sponsors, Donnelly Brothers, who are supplying the support vehicles and drivers, Be Prepped who are preparing healthy, nutritious and tasty meals with full macros to fuel us along the way and Beachvale Water and Lakeland Bikes who are providing water and energy products.

“To complete the challenge is an achievement in itself so we decided to raise the bar and fundraise much-needed funds to help Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice who have provided a great deal of care and support to close family members, such as young Riley”.

Teresa Moss, mother of Riley, said: “We are stunned at Mark and Niall’s thoughtfulness in doing this mammoth cycle in memory of our Riley. Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice has been in our lives since the start of our journey with Riley and continues to be since she left us last year.  We can’t speak highly enough of the staff who work there, both in Fermanagh and in Belfast, they became like family to us.  

“Riley used to absolutely love going to the Hospice for a few days of fun and pampering.  This reassurance meant the world to us knowing she was having fun while being well looked after. It meant we could have a breather and catch up on sleep, and it was a little bit of regular respite where we could catch our breath and do simple family things with the other kids that many families take for granted.  We will never forget what they did for Riley and our family”.