In 2019, we have been raising money for our chosen charity, with the big fundraiser our annual sportive in April. Our chosen charity this year is Mourne Mountain Rescue Team.
The Mourne Mountain Rescue Team is made up entirely of volunteers who live close to the Mournes. The team maintains an operational membership of around 35 people, which costs around £40,000/year to maintain – much of which must be raised through donations and fundraising.
Many in the Iveagh district will remember hearing the news of the death of 2 men in the Mourne mountains in January. One of those men was Robbie Robinson, from Banbridge. Robbie regularly volunteered to undertake marshaling duties at our club races, particularly during the formative years of the club, when numbers were low. It’s fair to say that the club wouldn’t be where it is today were it not for the support of Robbie and others like him. Mourne Mountain Rescue Team responded to Robbie ‘s incident at the time and therefore they are a cause close to the hearts of many within our club.
On Saturday past, a group from VCI cycled down to the headquarters of Mourne Mountain Rescue, at Donard Park in Newcastle, to present MMRT with a cheque. This took the form of our normal Saturday morning club run, with the guys meeting in Scarva at 9:03 and heading off towards Newcastle, via Katesbridge and the Horseshoe Bends near Castlewellan. Olive Bizarre provided the ideal coffee stop to warm cold bodies, before heading towards Bryansford, Rathfriland and home.
For more information on Mourne Mountain Rescue Team, or to find out how you can support them, please visit their website: