What is The Long Weekend 2020?

Disappointed that the 40th Great North Run was postponed subsequently postponing the planned Rugby ‘Try’, another challenge was born. There will be a group of ten making up the peloton who will be cycling 410 miles round Northern Ireland over three days, now called ‘The Long Weekend’.

THE LONG WAY! Around Northern Ireland

Leaving the Royal Belfast Golf Club at 6am on Friday 16th October the peloton will cover 161 miles on day one by following the coast until Londonderry / Derry before heading south along the Irish border to Castlederg.

The peloton will then cover 149 miles on Saturday 17th October from Castlederg again following the border as much as possible before resting up in Warrenpoint for the night.

Sunday 18th October is a gentle 100 miles along the coast to Strangford before crossing Strangford Lough and continuing from Portaferry. The peloton will continue along the outside of the Ards Peninsula before arriving back before dark at the Royal Belfast Golf club where a couple of Guinness will be waiting.

My Name’5 Doddie Foundation

Who setup the Charity??

Doddie Weir OBE is one of rugby’s most recognizable personalities. He earned 61 caps for Scotland during a successful playing career, represented the British and Irish Lions on their successful tour to South Africa in 1997, and won championships with his two club sides, Melrose and Newcastle Falcons.

Stuart Thom

Jeff Aiken

Johnny Webb

June McMinn

Dougie Thom

Stewart Porter

Kieran Beattie

Mark Adamson

Simon Danielli

Steve Barlow

Stephen Montgomery

WHO HELPS US The Long Weekend Sponsors

Previous event Sponsors

WHO HELPS US Accommodation Partners

THE LONG WAY! Timings and Schedule

Friday 16th October:

6am                                       Leave Royal Belfast Golf Club                     

06:00 – 09:00                     Royal Belfast GC to Carnlough Harbour                                   48 miles

09:45 – 12:45                     Carnlough Harbour to Royal Portrush GC                                45 miles

                                             Lunch stop at Royal Portrush GC.

13:45 – 16:45                     Royal Portrush GC to Derry / Londonderry                              40 miles

17:30 – 19:30                     Derry / Londonderry to Castlederg                                           28 miles

                                              Day total                                                                                      161 miles           

Saturday 17th October:

7am                                       Leave Castlederg

07:00 – 09:00                     Castlederg to Belleek                                                                     31 miles

09:45 – 12:45                     Belleek to Teemore                                                                        40 miles

13:30 – 15:30                     Teemore to Monaghan                                                                  32 miles

16:15 – 19:30                     Monaghan to Warrenpoint                                                            46 miles

                                             Day total                                                                                         149 miles

Sunday 18th October:

7am                                       Leave Warrenpoint

07:00 – 10:15                     Warrenpoint to Ardglass GC                                                        45 miles

                                              Coffee & Scones stop at Ardglass GC

11:00 – 11:45                      Ardglass GC to Strangford                                                           10 miles

12:45 – 15:45                     Portaferry to Royal Belfast GC                                                    45 miles

                                              Day total                                                                                       100 miles



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