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Wheels are rolling for Diabetes Week

On Sunday 16 June cyclists will be taking on the ChallengeHer Cycling Sportive in aid of local charity Diabetes UK Northern Ireland.

This event was originally designed by women for women to take part in cycling but now the invite has been extended for men to join the challenge too. There are two routes available; 30 miles and 50 miles, and all proceeds will go towards supporting the diabetes community in Northern Ireland. There are over 100,000 people living with diabetes in Northern Ireland.

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Event organizer, Mary McConville, said: ‘The ChallengeHer Cycling Sportive keeps on growing every year and we are really excited to be welcoming cyclists from all over Northern Ireland to take part in this great event. We decided to make Diabetes UK Northern Ireland our charity of the year as we have a number of cyclists who are living with either Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes so this was a perfect fit.

‘As cyclists, we know the huge difference cycling makes to our fitness and wellbeing so to have a Sportive to take part in is great fun and a great way to meet people with similar interests. To do it for a charity that personally means so much to us, at the end of Diabetes Week, is an added bonus so hopefully you will come out to support us.’

Diabetes is a condition where there is too much glucose in the blood because the body cannot use it properly. If not managed well, both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes can lead to devastating complications. Each week thousands of people across the UK suffer heart attacks, kidney failure and amputations related to their diabetes. With the right treatment, knowledge and support people living with diabetes can lead a long, full and healthy life.

Local Armagh company, Dailybake, has generously agreed to donate lasagnes for the post-cycle pasta party. Declan Corr, from Dailybake, explains, ‘Diabetes UK is a charity which is very close to our hearts. We are happy to be part of this event which uses pedal power to contribute to peoples’ wellness and raises awareness for this worthwhile charity.’

Registration and route information for ChallengeHer Cycling Sportive are available now on their Facebook page: Challengeher Cycling Sportive. There is a discount if you register on-line or alternatively you can register on the day at 8am on Sunday 16 June, from the Armagh Rugby Club, Friary Road, Armagh. Free refreshments will be available for early-comers, with a start at 9am. It costs £15 online or £20 to register on the day.

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