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7 Oct: The Granite Challenge

The picturesque Granite Challenge route wheels out from AMH New Horizons, in the cathedral town of Downpatrick, before snaking its way through Tyrella and Dundrum. The route then follows coastal roads through Newcastle, towards Annalong at the foot of the Mournes. The riders then commence their ascent through the Mournes past Silent Valley, climbing to Spelga Dam. From there, it’s downhill toward home, through the pretty village of Bryansford, then Maghera and Clough and finally back to Downpatrick.

The event takes place just ahead of World Mental Health Day when Action Mental Health will host a variety of events across its services to mark the annual day when mental health issues come into sharp focus across the globe. This year, all funds raised at the Granite Challenge will be used to support the AMH Men’s Shed in Downpatrick, a social hub and support network which caters for men over 50.


Action Mental Health are calling for volunteers to help with registration, marshalling and serving tea, coffee and tray bakes. Opportunities available at Downpatrick, Spelga Damn and across the route. Register online:AMH Granite Challenge Volunteers

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