The countdown is on as leaders of the city’s four main churches invite people to get on their bikes or put on their walking/running shoes for the Tour de Foyle 10–80 Charity Event, which will begin at the Foyle Arena on Saturday 27th August.
The event is being organised jointly by The Churches Trust and the North West Methodist Mission, and is supported by church leaders in Derry–Londonderry. Now in its third year, the event has attracted participants from far and wide, and organisers hope this year’s event will be bigger and better than ever. The event caters for all with three aspects:
10k Walk; 10k Run; 80k Cycle.
10k ‘Walk with us’ Charity Walk
There is one new element in the 2016 event – a 10k walk which has been introduced to make the event even more inclusive. Church leaders will lead this element of the Tour De Foyle and invite people to join them for what will be a leisurely and scenic walk. Local church leaders supporting the 2016 Tour de Foyle are Bishop Donal McKeown, Rev Peter Murray, Bishop Ken Good and Rev Dr Robert Buick. Start time for this event is 11am.
10k Charity Run
The 10k run, which was introduced for the first time last year, will follow the same route as the 10k walk. Why not use it as a final training run for the Waterside Half Marathon which will take place eight days later? Start time for this event is 11am.
80k Charity Cycle
Cyclists will undertake a scenic lap of Lough Foyle for the third 80k Charity Cycle. Setting off from the Foyle arena, they will cycle to Magilligan where, after a brief ‘pit stop’, they will board the ferry to Greencastle. The route will then proceed southwards towards the city, crossing the iconic Peace Bridge into St Columb’s Park, finishing back at the Foyle Arena.
Registration details for the walk/run/cycle can be found on the website:www.tourdefoyle.co.uk . So book early to avoid disappointment. Participants can also register at the Foyle Arena on the day of the events. Registration for the 80k cycle will open at 7am, and the cycle will begin at 8am. Registration for the 10k walk and 10k run will open at 9.30am and both events will begin at 11am.
The Tour de Foyle 10–80 is all about taking part. It is a fun event – not a race – and is open to all, from the novice to the expert, in walking, running or cycling. It offers people from all across our community an opportunity to come together and raise funds to support homeless people and those in need right here in our own city. Please help us continue to help put other people’s lives back on track by getting on your bike or putting on your walking/running shoes on Saturday 27th August 2016 and taking part in one of our events.
Those who are unable to participate can still show their support and make a donation by visiting https://mydonate.bt.com/events/tourdefoyle1080donations