BIG TURNOUT FOR BRIDGES OF HOPE CHALLENGE

On Saturday over 100 cyclists assembled in Stranocum for the Bridges of Hope Community

Cycle Challenge.

This was the second year Ballymoney Cycling Club have promoted this event to support the

Community Rescue Service, and the work that they do that normally goes un-noticed.

The CRS are a voluntary organisation that conduct searches along the riverbanks and areas where people have gone missing.

They were formed in 2007 and throughout Northern Ireland they have about 100 volunteers who are on standby 24/7, 365 days each year.

Back in 2009 local lad James Elliott sadly lost his life in the swollen rivers of the River Bush

The Community Rescue Service were actively involved in this search, and James’s parents Margaret and Clive are both volunteers.

With the community very much in mind Ballymoney Cycling Club secretary Charlie Dickson and Maurice McAllister both set about planning four different courses.

There was 3.5 miles for the kids and family, 9 miles for a bit of a leg stretcher, 22 miles was for the more serious, the jewel in the crown the 55 mile Bridges of Hope Challenge, this course was designed for its scenery and to get good scenery sometimes you have to climb to enjoy it.

The thought also was to have the riders cross as many of the bridges over the river Bush right up to its source at Altnahinch, passing through Armoy, part of Orra, Altnahinch, and the crazy descent down into Corkey via Reservoir Road, Magherahoney, through the famous Dark Hedges

and right down to Bushmills and back home to Stranocum crossing the Final Bridge at Bellisle and back into Stranocum.

The riders from all over were then treated to a hearty bite to eat provided by the girls of BCC in the local Stranocum Orange Hall where it was made sure no one went hungry.

Ballymoney Cycling Club would like to thank everyone who took part and supported the event, Kilbride CC and our friends at Bann Wheelers as always were there in force, Thank you to everyone.