Monthly Archive for: ‘August, 2014’
Ready to go!

Norman and James write…..

We are pleased to say we are ready to go! Yesterday was a sunny day and enabled us to get the two support vehicles packed in the dry. The charity logos are on the vehicles and clearly displayed on the crew kit we are all wearing so this looks really smart, giving us a real team identity. We are both feeling excited about the event. The months of work to train for it will all pay off once we start on Sunday. We are quietly working away at getting ourselves into the ‘zone’ with our focus on what lies ahead. It is a massive challenge so we need to break this down into manageable section in our minds. It will be easier to maintain motivation with lots of short goals to think about during the race rather than 5 days of cycling with less than 15 hours of sleep. We will be putting regular news updates and photos onto  There is also a link from the site to the real time tracking of where we are in the race, showing current cycling speed and distance covered. Its all about doing the best we can for the 4 charities we are supporting. We are praying it will make a positive contribution to the work of Links International, both through publicity for Links International and some useful funds raised to assist the important work that you do.

Announcing the Beech Boys in Ireland!

The Beech Boys Support Links International as they cycle the Race Around Ireland.

We are proud to announce that the Beech Boys are raising money for Links International in the Race Around Ireland, hailed as one of the toughest cycling challenges in the world. Norman and James Beech, a father and son team, are not only cycling around Ireland, but they are doing it in just 5 days and are the event’s first and only team to be riding in tandem.

The Race Around Ireland especially appealed to the Beech family because of two particular points on the route – Coleraine, Norman’s wife’s hometown, and Malin Head, the most northerly tip of Ireland, where Norman proposed.

Recognised as one of the Ultra Cycling Marathon Association (UCMA) most prestigious events, we are grateful for their support and we are very much looking forward to following their 1,350 mile journey live on their website via GPS tracking.

The duo will be challenged with cycling 275 miles a day for five straight days on a route which boasts a combined ascent of 75,500 feet – more than two and a half times the height of Mt. Everest. The insanely difficult nature of the route is why the Race Around Ireland is an official round of both the UMCA Ultra Cup and the UMCA World Cup, in addition to being a qualifying event for the Race Across America.

Despite its difficulty, the Beech Boys are up to the challenge as they are no strangers to extreme sporting events. They also competed in the 2010 Atlantic Row and tandem cycled from Land’s End to John O’Groats in 2011.

The team is riding in what is described as Europe’s most difficult cycling event, equivalent to cycling from Birmingham to Land’s End every day for five days, and credits their support of Links International as helping to keep them going.

“It has been a big boost to our motivation to know that what we’re doing and the pain we’re going through actually has a benefit beyond the achievement itself”, said James. A close friend who supports Links International through business first introduced Norman and James to the idea of raising money for the cause. Norman said that he was “moved by Link International’s outstanding work to assist people out of poverty, providing individuals with dignity as they receive the help they need to look after themselves.”

Norman and James will travel with a supply vehicle provided by funding from Healthspan, the event’s title sponsor. In March 2014, the Beech Boys became Healthspan Heroes after receiving support from the charitable fund, which helps people access and participate in fundraising events, both big and small, that they may not have been otherwise able to enter.

We can’t wait for the Beech Boys to begin their journey on Sunday, August 31, 2014. Follow their countdown – only 26 more days!