Ballymoney cyclists - are you up for the challenge?

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Cycling enthusiasts from Ballymoney are invited to put their endurance skills to the test by competing in the famous, not-to-be-missed Granite Challenge to help raise funds for charity.

Taking place on Sunday 4th October, the long distance cycle will mark the start of World Mental Health Week, with proceeds going towards local charity, Action Mental Health (AMH).

The money raised will enable AMH to provide life-changing services to help those living with a mental illness to recover from its effects through reskilling, employment, support and advice.

Supported by cycling club, La Lanterne Rouge, the brave participants will be put through their paces by embarking on a 55 mile route that starts at AMH’s New Horizons Service in Downpatrick, through the scenic surroundings of the Mournes and Spelga Dam, before returning back home via Bryansford, Maghera and Clough.

Chief Executive of Action Mental Health, David Babington said:“Research has shown that a staggering one in five people in Northern Ireland experience a mental health illness at some stage in their lives (Public Health Agency, 2014), with exercise playing an increasingly important role in the recovery process.

“We at AMH can’t think of a better way to kick-start World Mental Health Week than with a high endurance challenge that epitomises how determination, motivation and peer support can help to achieve something truly remarkable, despite the physical and mental barriers along the way.

“I would like to say a huge thank you to all our sponsors who have helped us organise this incredible event and wish all the best of luck to those participating.”

Food and refreshments will be provided for on the day, with the added benefit of a soothing sports massage at the finish line for competitors, kindly provided by North Down Physio and Sports Injury Clinic.

Entrance fee is £15 which includes a goody bag, tea stop at Spelga Dam and Lunch.Register now by clicking on www.granitechallenge15.eventbrite.com or on the day from 9am.

To find out more information on Action Mental Health and the services it offers, please visit www.amh.org.uk.