Charity seeks riders for Legenderry cycle challenge

Sign up for Legenderry!
Sign up for Legenderry!

Action Medical Research has launched an exciting new ride in Derry and the children’s charity is on the hunt for 100 riders to sign up now for the Legenderry ride.

The format for the tour on Sunday, 16 August, is simple: 100 cyclists, a £10 entry fee, the commitment to raise a minimum of £100. Riders can cycle with former professional Ronan McLaughlin on the tour, which starts and finishes at the White Horse Hotel, in Clooney Road, Derry/Londonderry, with a ride to Magillian Point, a ferry crossing and then a picturesque return along the coast to the hotel for a delicious summer lunch.

Cyclists participating in the 50-mile Legenderry ride, which is sponsored by the Donnelly Group, will be raising money to help fund medical research into conditions affecting babies and children.

Action Medical Research has been funding medical breakthroughs since it began in 1952. The charity is currently supporting work around childhood cancer, Down syndrome, epilepsy, and cystic fibrosis, as well as some rare and distressing conditions that severely affect children.

The School of Biomedical Sciences, at the University of Ulster, Coleraine is currently involved in a study Action Medical Research is funding which is investigating whether children with Down syndrome would benefit from bifocal glasses.

Dr Maggie Woodhouse, of Cardiff University, who is leading the research, hopes to discover more about how bifocals improve the vision of children with Down syndrome and their ability to explore the world around them.

Around 16,000 babies are born very prematurely, before 32 weeks of pregnancy, each year in the UK1-4 and being born this early puts children at high risk of experiencing learning difficulties. The University of Ulster’s School of Psychology is also involved with a study of teenagers who were born very prematurely to find out which areas of maths they are struggling with and why.

Only 100 places are available for the Legenderry ride - for more information about the Legenderry ride and to register, visit the website at or contact the sales team at the White Horse Hotel on 02871 860606 or email