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Bike the Blackwater Remains a Hit


Bike the Blackwater cycling event, which was held to celebrate Open Heritage Day exposed the beauty of the region resulting in year two success with 100% growth.

Cycling Enthusiasts through-out Ireland north and south came from near and far to enjoy this fantastic cycling event.

As the morning mist cleared cyclists arrived at Blessingbourne Estate for registration with a relaxing, friendly atmosphere developing everyone began the challenge with a smile and the sun shining from above. 

Following a well marked route cyclists travelled thorough the starkly beautiful Sliabh Beagh into Monaghan Town, then on to Glaslough with an opportunity to see Castle Leslie before heading into Co Armagh and then on to Caledon Courthouse for a well earned lunch break for all. 

After lunch cyclists headed to for Minterburn and on to Aughnacloy before starting the final leg of their challenge along the Clogher Valley to return home to Blessingbourne. 

A true sense of achievement had by all with everyone receiving a medal to mark their success.  The successful event was co-ordinated by Blackwater Regional Partnership in association with Dungannon & South Tyrone Borough Council, Armagh City & District Council and Monaghan County Council.  Part-finance had been kindly received by the European Union’s European Regional Development Fund through the Peace III Programme. 

Blackwater Regional Partnership would like to thank the staff of Dungannon Park for all their help on the day, St John’s Ambulance Service, Seed Events Team, Ellies Catering, Blessingbourne & Castle Leslie Estate, all councils and Monaghan Sports Partnership, Department of Environment, Caledon Regeneration Partnership and to all the cyclists who came along and made this event a true success. 

To find out more about the Blackwater Region and other events coming up please contact 0044 (0) 28 3756 9000 or visit their website www.visitblackwaterregion.com.