Parishioners from St Swithin's Magherafelt
enjoy 24 mile cycle on Newry Canal towpath
on Sat 18th November 2017

It was a lovely November morning that welcomed 16 brave souls from St Swithin's Magherafelt to the Scarva visitor centre, as they prepared for their 24 mile round trip along the Newry Canal towpath from Scarva to Newry and back. As well as a good way to have fun and fellowship together, the group were aiming to raise sponsorship monies
for their church restoration fund. With saddles, helmets and lycra all well adjusted, the group set off on their great adventure, with the Diocesan Communications Officer in tow.

Those who have used the Newry Canal towpath will be well accustomed to the scenic beauty of the surrounding landscape, not to mention the odd loud rumble of the Dublin/Belfast Enterprise train racing past.
The pace of the riders was somewhat more sedate as they made their way past Acton lake, Poyntzpass, Drumbanagher, Jerretspass and onward towards Newry.

Archdeacon Terry Scott (on left with red helmet) leads from the front.


Bit of a push up the hill !


Still going strong - although Archdeacon Terry has relinquished pole position to his wife Alison !

Newry was a welcome sight and the group enjoyed a stop off and some refuelling at a local coffee shop,
prior to the return leg back to Scarva.
As with many cycling clubs and groups - the stops are as enjoyable as the ride or maybe more so?
Well done and thank you to those who organised this great event and to all those who took part.
We do hope that your bodies and limbs have now recovered and that Sunday morning was not too painful.