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Cycling event's £8,300 boost for cancer care

Cyclists taking part in the Giant's Causeway Coast Sportive, which follows part of the 2014 Giro d'Italia route, have raised more than £8,300 for Marie Curie Cancer Care.

The sum will pay for more than 415 hours of nursing in Northern Ireland.

The Giant's Causeway Coast Sportive is held annually in Ballycastle and this year attracted more than 1,200 participants to take on one of Ireland's toughest sportive routes. The Torr Head Road in Co Antrim has gradients of up to 20%.

Suzy McIlveen of Marie Curie said: "Our partnership with Outdoor Recreation NI and the fantastically picturesque, if gruelling, Giant's Causeway Coast Sportive, has gone from strength to strength. It is a super event to champion to the very many Marie Curie supporters, who are already keen cyclists. We'd like to thank the organisers for their support, while praising all who took on the routes for Marie Curie." The next event is in September - details at www.giantscausewaycoastsportive.com.

Belfast Telegraph