Challenge brings cyclist to Kilkenny this week

A CYCLIST pedalling his way all around Ireland for charity will be passing through Kilkenny this week.

A CYCLIST pedalling his way all around Ireland for charity will be passing through Kilkenny this week.

Breifne Earley – who, back in October 2010 weighed almost twenty stone and was single and depressed – set out 10 personal challenges to change his life. Over the next two years he lost weight, completed a marathon, learned to swim and finished two triathlons and three open-water sea swims, cycled over 1,000 kilometres around New Zealand, changed jobs three times, produces and presents a weekly radio show, had 50 blind dates and raised over €10,000 for charitable causes.

Fresh from scaling some of Ireland’s highest mountains, his current challenge is to cycle around the entire island of Ireland in 18 days, covering 1,500 kilometres and going through all 32 counties.

This Friday, Breifne will be undertaking his second day from Gorey, County Wexford, then heading through Carlow town before reaching Kilkenny. Saturday will then see him complete the 109-kilometre distance from Kilkenny to Youghal, County Cork, heading through Carrick-on-Suir during the day.

He is looking for members of the public to participate in a day or even part of a day’s cycle. The dates and routes are available on www.challengeten.com. Individual registration is €20, with €10 going towards the charities selected. Charitable donations are welcome through the Challenge Ten website and MyCharity.ie.

In keeping with the theme built around the number 10, 10 charities have been selected as the beneficiaries of the event: Aware, Special Olympics Ireland, IRFU Charitable Trust, Paralympics Ireland, Irish Cancer Society, IHCPT The Pilgrimage Trust, Niall Mellon Township Trust, Pieta House, North West Hospice and Temple Street Children’s Hospital.