Bike race generates £19k for charity

Race organiser Noel McKee.  INCT 01-740-CON
Race organiser Noel McKee. INCT 01-740-CON

A sponsored bike race in memory of Islandmagee footballer Stuart Ross has raised over £19,000 for a heart screening charity.

Some 247 cyclists took part in Sunday’s event, which generated funds for CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young).

The 25-year-old athlete was playing his first match for the club in September when he collapsed. He received medical attention at the scene, but sadly could not be revived.

The fundraiser, which took place on a 20-mile circuit around Islandmagee and Whitehead, began at the Whitecliff Inn on Sunday afternoon.

It was organised by local man Noel McKee, a colleague of Stuart’s father David. “After a tragedy like that, people’s first thought is what can they do to help; we came up with the cycle idea as we knew it’d be an ideal time of year for it and we wanted to do something in the area Stuart was from,” Noel said.