A crossbar, cross-border challenge

Last Sunday, I completed a difficult, yet incredibly rewarding, cycle challenge for children’s charities. Along with 14 colleagues of mine from Ricoh Ireland and UK, we undertook a 300km+ cycle along the coastal route from Belfast to Dublin.

We were delighted to be joined by a number of directors from both sides of the water including Ricoh’s UK and Ireland, CEO, Phil Keoghan, as well as Chris Prastka, Chris Bird and Stephen Palmer, MD Ireland. The comradery, craic and (thankfully) the weather were all fantastic and we really enjoyed the experience. More than that, we managed to raise over €14,000 for a wonderful cause, so our thanks go out to all those who helped raise these funds.

Beginning on Friday, 3 July, we set off from City Hall in Belfast, past the Titanic quarter and Tall Ships, through Ballynahinch, along the bay at Dundrum and finishing off in Newcastle, County Down for the evening.

Day two involved the longest distance of the three days, 136km to be precise. We set off on the beautifully scenic coast road from Newcastle to Warrenpoint, where the majestic Mourne Mountains come down to meet the sea.

From Warrenpoint, we crossed Carlingford Lough by ferry to Omeath in Co. Louth, and then we jumped on our bikes again and cycled through Carlingford; Dundalk and all the way to Drogheda, our second resting place. While we were all tired from the long cycle, we still found the energy for a few pints and a music session.

The final day was then upon us and we headed for the big smoke. It was a lovely last stretch, particularly through coastal towns like Skerries, Malahide and Portmarnock. We received fantastic encouragement from onlookers to get us through the last miles, just as they had done across the entire route. We rolled into the finish line at Dublin City Hall following a thoroughly enjoyable and rewarding three days.

This challenge followed a similar, albeit somewhat longer, cycling excursion from London to Barcelona. Many members of our teams from across the European Ricoh network took part in the Ricoh imagine change Challenge, including our own Anthony Vaughan.

At Ricoh, we love to engage in activities which promote teamwork and friendships. We also feel that it’s very important to give something back to local communities and charities. We’re delighted this challenge was so successful and we’re excitedly planning the next activity!

Well done to all the volunteers who took part in one or both of the cycle challenges, as well as the race support team who travelled with us all the way, and of course to everybody who donated so generously to these very worthy causes.

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