Wanted: Cyclists & Hikers to cycle 8OKM and then climb Carrauntouhil!

At 7.30 am on Saturday July 17th, the Irish Heart Foundation and the Mercy Hospital in Cork will lead cyclists out of Cork City as they begin the first module of a unique and challenging event, the 2010 Bike N Hike Challenge.

Cyclists will need to complete an 80km cycle from Cork City to Killarney as they make their way to Kerry to begin the second part of this challenge.

Following lunch and a change of clothes from their Lycra shorts and cycling shoes into hiking boots and base layers participants will be transferred to the foot of Carraoutouhil to begin the 6 hour hike on Ireland’s highest mountain.

Under the guidance of experienced leaders hikers will be taken from the Upper Car Park at Lisleibane to the summit. Travelling up Brother O Shea’s Gully and past the Beenkeeragh Ridge hikers will reach the col at the top of Brother O Shea’s and will be rewarded with stunning views into Coomloughra and over to Dingle Bay and the Brandon Group to the Northwest. On reaching the summit and following a break for photograph’s and lunch the hike back to Lisleibane will take hikers down through the Heavenly Gates.

On returning to Killarney participants will be treated to a celebratory BBQ on the grounds of the stunning Malton Hotel (www.themalton.com)

All funds raised from this event are being donated to the Irish Heart Foundation and its efforts to reduce premature deaths from heart disease and stroke and the Mercy Hospital Foundation to support the purchase of innovative, life saving medical equipment including a new CT scanner for the hospital.

Organisers estimate that those completing both the 80km cycle and the 6 hour climb will burn an average of 6,000 calories over the course of the day and don’t worry if you don’t have a bike as you can register to do the climb only or just complete the cycle.

To register for this unique and exciting event and to receive your sponsorship pack visit www.mercyhospitalfoundation.ie/bikenhike or call The Irish Heart Foundation on (021) 450 5822.