Will I be sleeping With The BallyBogey Man?!

ballybogey forest noel johnstonSo, it turns out that I’ve discovered something I was hoping not to come across on my Ulsterway journey… that’s right – I might be spending my FIRST (of many) consecutive nights outdoors IN A HAUNTED FOREST! #justmyluck

Turns out when I planned the route and the progress goals, I noticed it will be nearing dark when I hit the renowned Ballybogey Forest and I’ll have to camp there all night. This didn’t bother me at all when I first mapped it, in fact, I didn’t even worry about it until I did a little research just for fun.

Just to make me whiter than than Vanilla Ice, this is what it said –

ballybogey forest, ulsterway

In short, it’s listed as one of the creepiest forests in the world, it has been noted to have ghosts, demons and ancient druids running about and finally NO ONE GOES IN THERE. Great.

And on my very first night outside too! How unlucky can ya get?

Lucky, I don’t believe in ghosts… let’s just hope they don’t decide to believe in me.

If I don’t come back in under fifty days, look for my phone… It’ll probably have some Northern Irish Blair Witch material on there ending with me screaming – “But it’s for charityyyyyyyyyyyy……”




James Meek’s Kind Donation Is Barking Mad @ Zipdogg.com

the ulsterway wallker

I’ve known of James for a long time, he works with some of my best friends doing cool tec stuff (I can’t comprehend most times) but I’ve never actually had the privilege of yet meeting him since he lives in England.  Not that it has stopped him giving his heart and money to this cause.

He happens to be one of the UK’s best Computer Programmer’s, working with clients bigger than you can imagine including the NHS & Goldman & Sachs. He is – in short – a genius. One who has never had any grumbles from clients because he is essentially a problem solver when it comes to tec. His IT company RYO relaunches very shortly and he is also the co-founder of Zipdogg.com – a funky and unique cloud storage solution that makes sure your pc files never get lost… pretty much ever. It’s like dropbox on steroids.

In my case, he is a problem solver when it comes to MY tec, given that he sponsored me a top of the range phone so that I can keep you guys informed with vlogs and blogs over my month’s outdoor journey. My phone at the minute is , let’s say, being searched for as we speak by the 80’s (who want it back).

And of course, on top of that, a fantastic Donation of £50 from James Meek and his guys via our online website! I am so blessed to know these people!

Thanks James for the kind donation. That money will go a long way here with our locals!

Much appreciated!

Reminds me yet again that it doesn’t matter who you are, how far away you are or who it helps – all you need is a few quid and a heart to make magic happen. We are all one.



Run down on the Progress since Friday. Interesting

Jeffers Bakery Wonderful lady! – £10

Lady in Laundrette in Dundonald Village made a personal donation £10

Customers in the Elk – £8

Spar East Link  – ‘Left off Ulster Way Form’

Stacks – Took form awaiting response

McDonalds – Took form awaiting response

Asda – Took form awaiting response

The Running Man Belfast – Positive feedback, meeting tomorrow.

Bloke – Received Form, Calling back in.

Ballybeen community – £84.60


It’s interesting to note that the donations coming in each day seem to be from your average ‘Joe’; the little old ladies, the passers-by, the small businesses. Those daily small acts of kindness are almost shockingly outweighing the larger corporations that ironically HAVE the money to give. In short, it’s often the community that supports their locals more than the financial giants designed to protect them.

WE are funding ourselves guys, buying equipment for our local kids and doing it instantly, all without fees and delays and excuses.

That makes me proud.

I’m still awaiting responses from some global companies who have no time for this project while a granny down the street wanted to give me her last forty p in the shop, complete with compliments for what i was trying to achieve and the hard road ahead. “I hope you get the weather!” she said.

I hope I do too.

So, here’s some food for thought – if you’re struggling financially and you wish you were the big wig rich guys that i just mentioned, don’t bother. I bet you have more heart than they have pockets.




Civil Service F.C

So far the Civil Service Football Club Players have kindly donated £70 and counting

Thanks for all the support so far lads, I know they will pull a few more strings for the challenge ahead!

Anyone who thinks they can fill a sponsor sheet for me, get in touch on facebook or through the website