A FECKENHAM family cycled 900km across Ireland in just eight days, raising cash for several charities in the process.
Father-of-three Brett Lavin cycled from Mizen Head to Malin Head, with his two sons Robbie, aged 18, and Aidan, 16, as part of an annual challenge organised by Birmigham Irish Cycling Appeal (BICA).
Brett was also joined by his 14-year-old daughter Kivah who cycled some of the route but did not complete the entire journey.
Mum Sharon, who cheered from the sidelines, said: “More than 40 riders took part in the event organised for BICA’s 20th anniversary.
“I was part of the back-up team which helps set up various gazebos and checkpoints along the route for riders to stop and have a cuppa or something to eat.
“I’m so proud of my family for raising money and for taking part.
“It was amazing to do it together, despite the torrential rain and high winds throughout the week.”
A typical day would see the family setting out at 8.30am, averaging just over 100km per day.
Luckily Brett and his family had been training for more than six months to prepare for the challenge.
Aidan, who was part of the back-up team when he was younger, said: “This year I decided to ride instead.
“The whole week was brilliant but very difficult in parts, especially travelling up tall peaks and across tough terrains.
“Sometimes it was hard to stay motivated but I just thought of the all the people who we were raising money for and that gave me the boost I needed.”
Birmingham Irish Cycle Appeal are group of cyclists, many who have Irish roots, who undertake a weeks cycling challenge and other events each year in order to raise funds for local charities.
Last year the group raised more than £65,000.
For more information visit its Twitter page – @IrishBICA