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Launch of third annual ChallengeHer Cycling Sportive, inspired by late Ann McGeeney

Organisers of a fundraising cycle event, organized in memory of former Crossmaglen woman, Ann McGeeney, are encouraging women to take up the challenge and emulate the qualities for which Ann was known and loved.

Now in its third year, the ChallengeHer Cycling Sportive was launched recent at award-winning Tomney’s Bar in Moy. Although aimed at encouraging more women to take part, men are also very welcome to participate in this unique event, inspired by Ann’s love of the great outdoors and her lifelong involvement in community work.

Ann sadly passed away in 2014 and was a lifelong community worker and peace activist who began her working life in Crossmaglen as manager of the Regeneration of South Armagh community organisation.   She is remembered throughout the community for living her life to the full, being devoted to her family, her career and her sports interests. In her work ‘Peace and Reconciliation,’ she was passionate about bringing local communities together, particularly in the border areas where this Sportive is taking place.

Ann loved adventurous sports such as, mountaineering, rock climbing canoeing, running, swimming and triathlons. In recent years she enjoyed biking, particularly mountain-biking. Ann was very enthusiastic, promoting sport particularly to women and believed in the physical and mental benefits of exercise.

As always. the ladies and gents from Moy Square Wheels Cycling Club have pledged their unwavering support for the Sportive. Theresa McAllister, Chairperson of the cycling club said, “We are proud to be a part of ChallengeHer 2017, encouraging more women into this enjoyable, rewarding sport whilst raising funds for our nominated charities, CHARIS Cancer Care and Chest Heart and Stroke NI.”

A warm welcome was extended at last week’s launch to the McArdle family from Armagh, who lost their son, Shane, in October 2016 when he passed away suddenly in his sleep. Shane was a popular member of the Square Wheels club and his sister Oonagh eloquently expressed her appreciation, saying, “Thank-you for your overwhelming support and for the dignified manner in which you choose to remember Shane. It is a fitting tribute to his memory and it means an awful lot to us.”

The ChallengeHer Sportive takes place on Sunday 14th May 2017 at 9am, departing from Armagh Rugby Club. More information can be found at, Facebook, ChallengeHer Cycling Sportive or Mary McConville +44 77639 55558.