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Pedal4progress raises over £3,000 for Irish workers in Britain

THE Pedal4Progress cycling team raised £3,145 on their gruelling four-day 500-kilometre (310-mile) ride from Belfast to Cork to raise funds for Irish workers in Britain.

The marathon ride — the ninth since the group was founded in Manchester in 2013 — raised funds for the Connolly Association, which represents the interests of Irish workers in Britain, and was completed on Friday.

Some of the funds raised will help produce a special edition of the Connolly Association’s flagship newspaper the Irish Democrat, which will appear as a supplement in the Morning Star.

Ride organiser Les Doherty said: “We’re recovering and having a period of rest and relaxation. We’ve had loads of calls from people who read reports about the marathon. It was a real boost.”

Along the route, the 10 cyclists and their team visited sites of historic and political importance to Ireland’s struggle for freedom from British occupation.

This year’s marathon team, which arrived back in Britain yesterday, was named the Mel Corry Brigade in memory of the Irish trade unionist and educator, who died in January. 

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