Nikki and Lisa Race Around Ireland for Suicide or Survive
Two women attempt to cycle 2150km non-stop in 132 hours to raise €100k for charity
At 3pm on 28 August, the clock started for Nikki Dorey and Lisa Jacob, two women currently undertaking the Race Around Ireland to raise €100,000 for charity. The race is a non-stop 2,150km bicycle marathon circling the entire country. It spans 20 counties and the time allowance for a 2 person team is 132 hours. The cyclists and their crew must navigate their own way around the route and ensure they reach certain cutoff points or they face elimination.
Lisa is a former Irish international hockey player, while Nikki is a pilot with Aer Lingus and a competitive triathlete. They are the first all-female duo to attempt to complete the gruelling course. With only 132 hours to complete the challenge, it means they have to cycle in shifts - 3 hours on and 3 hours off - from 28 August to 3 September.
Not only is their aim to complete the challenge, but it is also to raise €100,000 for our friends Suicide or Survive, a charity working to improve the mental health of people in Ireland. The two women are hoping to raise awareness of mental health struggles, and how you can overcome difficult challenges, no matter how prepared you think you are. Suicide or Survive want to break down the stigma attached to mental illness in Ireland and increase the understanding around suicide and try to prevent it.
You can follow the progress of Nikki and Lisa around Ireland on Twitter.
You can donate to Suicide or Survive on Nikki and Lisa's website.
They deserve loads of support!