There will certainly be no place like home for Breifne Earley on Sunday, September 23, when the Leitrim Village native makes a tiring return to his native place as he seeks to complete a marathon cycle around all 32 counties in Ireland over 18 days, covering an amazing 1,500 Km.
In October 2010, weighing almost twenty stone (125kg), single and depressed, Breifne set out ten personal challenges to change his life, over the next two years he lost weight, completed a marathon, learned to swim and finished two triathlons & three open water sea swims, cycled over 1,000km around New Zealand, changed jobs three times, produces and presents a weekly radio show, had fifty blind dates and raised over €10,000 for a number of charitable causes.
Fresh from scaling some of Ireland’s highest mountains, Breifne’s next challenge is to cycle around the entire island of Ireland in 18 days, covering 1,500km and going through all 32 counties.
On Sunday, September 23, Breifne will journey from Claremorris through Ballymote in Sligo and on to Leitrim before setting off the next day to Belturbet in Cavan, via the slightly longer route of Longford and he hopes to complete his epic journey starting in Ardee on Sunday, September 30, traversing through Meath and Kildare before finishing back at Sandymount Green in Dublin.
On route, Breifne will be joined by some sporting legends and personalities with endurance athlete Gerry Duffy (32 Marathons & Deca Ironman Champion), Olympians Rob Heffernan, Colin Griffin (Athletics), Barry Murphy (Swimming), Gavin Noble (Triathlon), Annalise Murphy, Scott Flanigan (Sailing) and 2FM presenter Paddy McKenna amongst others joining him on his journey.
Breifne is looking for members of the public to get involved and participate in a day or even part of a day’s cycle. All the dates and routes are available by going to www.challengeten.com and signing up, helping to raise much needed funds for Irish charities, individual registration is €20 with €10 of this going towards the ten charities selected. Charitable donations are of course welcome through the Challenge Ten website and MyCharity.ie
Ten charities have been selected as the beneficiaries of the funds raised from this event. They are: 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 & Temple Street Children’s Hospital.
Further information including routes, dates, times and registration details are available at www.challengeten.com.