The Tour of the TAP 2023 is finally underway, where charity CEO James McLaughlin and a team of riders set off from Belfast yesterday on their respective challenges across the next 10 days.
CEO James McLaughlin will be tackling the biggest EVER Tour of the TAP challenge, and will be completing fifteen 14km runs over the course of 10 days, with no rest days.
With the Trials Acceleration Programme (TAP) recently expanding to fifteen centres, James will now be completing FIFTEEN 14km runs around these centres, with several days seeing him complete two legs of his challenge.
The feat will see him run over 200 kilometres in just ten days with no rest days in between! – the equivalent of TEN half marathons across the challenge.
James has raised over £75,000 over the past three years to help fund the charity’s TAP Network and he is aiming to bring his combined fundraising total for the event to over £100,000.
With just two legs down, he has currently raised over £16,000, with still 13 legs to go across the following 9 days.
Going alongside James’ running challenge, a team of cyclist’s will be tackling the charity’s first cycling Tour of the TAP cycling event, which will see the team ride 1,000 miles across 10 days and visiting some of the TAP centres across the UK.
Both teams started at Belfast City Hospital on Wednesday 13th September, and the two teams will now take on two separate routes across the country before meeting again in Birmingham on Friday 22nd September 2023.