Irish cricketers set to cycle length of Ireland

Updated: Sunday, 07 Oct 2012 13:01

Irish cricketers Gary Wilson and William Portefield are getting on their bikes for an ambitious project to cycle the length of Ireland - a grand total of 380 miles in just five days.

Neither has any significant cycling experience, in fact Irish captain Porterfield was one of those unusual kids growing up who never rode a bicycle. But now at the age of 28 has been trying to perfect his balance on two wheels - all in the aid of charity.

Porterfield has agreed to join close friend Gary Wilson on the sponsored ride in aid of Cancer Research UK, in memory of Wilson’s mother Iris who died earlier this year.

Porterfield said: “I was just one of those things that I never really rode a bicycle when I was young. But I've now put in a few miles and, with a bit of luck, should be alright."

The cricketers leave Cork on Tuesday 9 October and the journey over five days will take them to Belfast via Kilkenny, Malahide, Armagh and Derry. At the end of the marathon, the cyclists will be met on Saturday at Belfast City Hall by the Lord Mayor, Alderman Gavin Robinson.

“It will be tough going,” said Wilson. “Cricket has, of course, kept us pretty fit but I think we’ll have to put in a lot more training before we set off.”

The two men are inviting relations and friends to take turns accompanying them on the journey and they’re hoping members of the public will join in as well.

Wilson added : “It will be a long haul and I think we will be tested to the limit. But we have organised it that way in the hope that people will support us given the toughness of the task.”

Donations can now be made at www.justgiving.com/Gary-Wilson14 or text the donation to 70070 with the code CRIC50 and the amount you wish to give.

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