Three friends are dusting off their bikes and gearing up to cycle hundreds of miles from Belfast to Dublin and back — for charity.
Fionnula Mann (43), Christine Nagle (44) and Maura Corry, all from Belfast, are used to pounding the pavements.
But the busy mums have swapped running shoes for pedal-power to participate in the 200-mile Co-Operation Ireland Maracycle next month.
The event, which is taking place from June 26-27, is supported by the Belfast Telegraph and Irish Independent.
Fionnula, a speech and language therapist, said her husband Simon had suggested she take on the challenge.
“All three of us have trained and run marathons but I was looking for a fresh challenge.”
The mother of three added: “My husband said why not get a few friends to do it with me. It is great to get out together and support each other.” Christine, a nurse and mother of five, said the switch to the saddle has “not been too bad”.
She added that Co-operation Ireland also supports participants raising money for a second charity during the event.
“My son Conn (9) has been a member of the wheelchair basketball team the Northern Ireland Knights, who are great, so we hope to raise money for both,” she said.
Maura, (43) a pharmacist and mother of four, said despite busy schedules they are enjoying the cycling.
“We all have quite big families, but we are all squeezing the training in.”
For more information log onto cooperationireland.org.