Gray gets on his bike for Marie Curie

PAUL Gray, the  Club Manager at Holywood GC, is preparing for a 350 mile cycle challenge in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care.

Last November a friend of Paul’s, Cois Beukes (35), lost his 10-month battle with a rare and aggressive form of cancer, leaving behind a wife and young daughter.

“Cois proved to be an inspiration throughout his life and, through his passion and involvement with rugby as a player and a coach, he had an incredible way of caring for others,” said Gray.

The Cois Beukes 3 Nations Cycle Challenge will be held in May and will take four days to complete as it winds it’s way through Wales, England and Ireland.

The route is planned to mirror the journey that Cois took when he first moved from South Africa to Cardiff.

“Two of the four days will be spent cycling up to 100 miles per day through the Brecon Beacons and Snowdonia national parks. Those are areas that I believe have the odd hill,” cracks Paul.

“It’s going to be a tough challenge.”

Twenty people have signed up to take part in the sponsored charity cycle, including Belvoir Park assistant Will Carey. However, Gray is looking for many more people, including fellow professionals, to take part as the target set is £70,000.

Anyone who is interested in donating can do so on line at

A fund raising event will also be held at Holywood Golf Club on Saturday, April 16. Tickets are £10 each and available from Paul Gray at 028 90423135 or e-mail


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