Lusty’s Lap of Ireland Cycling 1000 Miles in Ten Days

01 July 2016

This July father and son Richard and Raymond Lusty are gearing up for the challenge of a lifetime. Starting from their Lusty’s Centra in Larne, the pair will cycle a grueling 1,000 miles around the coastline of Ireland and climb an incredible 55,500ft, in ten days. The duo aim to raise funds for local two charities, Action Cancer and Roddensvale School.

Their journey will take them to the most southerly tip of Ireland at Mizen Head, and along the Wild Atlantic Way to the most northerly point at Malin Head. 

Richard says “In July 2009 I was a typical middle aged 'couch potato' leading an unhealthy lifestyle and avoiding any worthwhile exercise.  Weighing eighteen stone it was of little surprise that I was diagnosed as having type 2 diabetes”.

“At 48 years old I went through a sea-change and turned my life in a new direction. A new diet and fitness regime in the gym resulted in me losing six stone in five months and eight inches off my waistline”

“To enjoy this new found fitness I bought a bike and haven't looked back.  I now enjoy Club, Leisure, and Sportive cycles with the odd sprint triathlon thrown in”.

Inspired by Scottish cyclist Mark Beaumont, ‘The Man Who Cycled the World’ son Raymond says “I know that this cycle will be the most difficult thing my Dad and I have ever undertaken. The physical and mental challenge will immense.”

“This is my first endurance adventure and I am so proud to be setting out on the challenge with my Dad.  He has trained incredibly hard and we are prepared for the journey”.  

Action Cancer Fundraising Officer Arlene Creighton says “We are delighted that Richard and Raymond have pledged to ‘go the extra mile’ to raise £15,000 for Action Cancer and Roddensvale School – a cause that I know is very close to both their hearts, Raymond’s sister Naomi attended the school”.

“All monies raised will help fund Action Cancer’s services in Northern Ireland including breast screening, Big Bus mobile unit, M.O.T. health checks, as well as complementary therapy and counselling support services. It will also enable Roddenvale Special School to purchase educational equipment adapted for students with special needs."

Cyclists are invited to join them on Saturday 6th August in Castlerock for the final leg of their challenge along the Causeway Coastal Route and home by Antrim Coast Road to Larne.

If you would like to follow their progress or make a donation call Raymond Lusty on 079 7750 5151 or go to  Alternatively you can email [email protected].


Lusty’s Lap of Ireland - Richard and Raymond Lusty, father and son from Larne are gearing up to cycle 1,000 miles around the coast of Ireland in 10 days for two local charities Action Cancer and Roddensvale School.  For more information or to sponsor the brave duo contact Raymond Lusty on 079 7750 5151 or email [email protected].