Charity boost thanks to riders’ commitment across two fronts

Portadown Cycling Club riders during the charity sportive in aid of Northern Ireland Chest, Heart and Stroke.
Portadown Cycling Club riders during the charity sportive in aid of Northern Ireland Chest, Heart and Stroke.
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Portadown Cycling Club members recently hit the road in aid of charity - generating over £5,000 towards Northern Ireland Chest, Heart and Stroke as a result of the 85-mile run.

The fundraiser attracted support from around 145 riders across routes taking in areas such as Newry, Kilkeel, Banbridge and Newcastle.

Backing from other clubs included riders representing Keevan, Shelbourne, SMCC, Apollo, Dromore, Titanic, Steady, Square Wheelers and Phoenix.

Sponsorship backing came from Chain Reaction Cycles, Portadown Fireplaces and Asda. The post-sportive raffle in Portadown Rugby Club led to £700 towards the final tally.

A spin session was organised by Portadown officials in preparation for the charity sportive, with more than £1,000 raised at the Asda exhibition.

Club officials would like to thank the following for support across the spin session, sportive and general club programme: Chain Reaction Cycles, Classic Mineral Water, Kitchen Bakes, Maurice Boylan Catering, Warrenpoint Adventure Centre, Carla Smyth (CHS), Sally McNally’s, The Perfume Shop (Rushmere Shopping Centre), Wright Decor, Downtown/Cool FM Radio, Burrendale Hotel Newcastle, Tayto Tandragee, Scrummies at PRFC, Hastings Hotel Group, Timmy at Erne Cycles Lisnaskea, TJ McCabrey Lurgan, Derek West Disco, Portadown Free Presbyterian Church, Irwin’s Bakery, Elliot Traditional Meats, Andrew Williamson, David McAdam, Johnny Meekin, Tracey Whiteside, sandwich makers, van drivers, Philip Haffey and Northern Ireland Chest, Heart and Stroke.

Special thanks will go to the Vogans, Geoff and Collette, of Portadown Fireplaces, plus the motorbike marshals and Asda.


Scarva-based Velo Club Iveagh had 11 riders on show during the closing 10-mile time trial of the season.

The meeting between Gilford and Lurgan featured a number of personal best times and the Iveagh entry list included Gordon Brown making his competitive club debut.

Club officials would like to thank everyone connected to Iveagh for such excellent support across the season.

The club’s closing event will run on Sunday morning from Banbridge Rugby Club.

The Iveagh 50 sportive is set to start at 10 o’clock with proceeds in memory of Gordon Scott towards Autism NI.

Registration is available via entry central (£12) or on the morning (£14).