Robin Collins (76) to coast it around Ireland of charity
A retired vet from south Belfast hopes to prove that age should not stand in the way of ambition by undertaking a cycle ride around half the coastline of Ireland for charity.
Robin Collins, who is 76, is planning to cycle from Drogheda to Cork, then Kerry and then back to Limerick - nearly 600 miles - between September 11 and 22.
Robin hopes to raise money for two worthwhile causes: Trocaire, the overseas development charity that works in some of the world's poorest countries, and Fisherwick Presbyterian Church in Belfast, which is currently trying to modernise dilapidated church halls and buildings.
"I'm a keen cyclist and this is something I really wanted to try," said Robin.
"Firstly, I wanted to prove to myself I could do it, and secondly, I thought it would be a great way to raise funds for two causes which are both meaningful to me. I am really looking forward to setting off."
To make the challenge even more difficult, Robin is planning to make the journey on his own without any back-up.
"I plan to stay either with friends and relatives or in hostels along the way to keep costs down," he said. "I have cycled long distance routes such as Belfast to London, and London to Paris in the past.
"Now, at 76, this is a different challenge but I am a firm believer that age is just a number. If you want something badly enough you should just do it."
Robin is hoping people will support his Just Giving page where he aims to raise £5,000 to be split between the two charities. If you would like to donate, go to www.justgiving.com , type 'Robin Collins' in the search bar and look under the Crowdfunding pages.