Skip Navigation

Natural Gas Fuels Phoenix Charity Cycle Sportive

Natural Gas Fuels Phoenix Charity Cycle Sportive image

Phoenix Cycle Club and Phoenix Natural Gas today announced the launch of the Phoenix Charity Sportive to raise vital funds for the Energy for Children charity, which aims to help disadvantaged children across Northern Ireland.

Now in its third year, the Phoenix Charity Sportive, fuelled by Phoenix Natural Gas, will take place on Sunday 7th May and feature an exciting new route, departing from Lisburn and taking in towns in County Down where the natural gas company is currently expanding its network to bring fuel choice to an additional 28,000 properties.

Supported by Phoenix Natural Gas and Phoenix Cycling Club’s main sponsors, Traction Finance, McConvey Cycles and Gerard Maguire Solicitors, the event attracts hundreds of riders of all abilities and is a highly anticipated event in the cycling calendar.

Ciaran Donnelly, Chairman of Phoenix Cycle Club in Belfast said, “Each year the Phoenix Charity Sportive attracts hundreds of riders due to the fantastic cycle routes we have locally and of course the fact that all proceeds raised go to a worthy charity. This year we are delighted to welcome our namesake, Phoenix Natural Gas, as our principal sponsor for the Sportive and to support the company’s own charity, Energy for Children. It’s great to be associated with a company that can literally help fuel the sportive and make this year’s event an even greater success.”

Speaking about the partnership, Sean McGreevy of Phoenix Natural Gas said, “As a keen cyclist myself, we are delighted to sponsor the Phoenix Charity Sportive and support the local cycling communities in both our existing and newly expanded licence areas in what promises to be a memorable event. 

“Phoenix Natural Gas is actively engaged in supporting community events and in raising money for the Energy for Children Charitable Trust which has helped over 6,000 local disadvantaged children since its was established in 2005. All money raised from the Phoenix Cycle Sportive will go towards helping even more local disadvantaged children and I would like to thank the Phoenix Cycle Club and all participants for supporting our charity.”

The sportive will depart from Lisburn Racquets Club at 10.00am. Riders have the option of cycling the shorter 55 mile route, taking in Lisburn, Annahilt, Kinallen, Katesbridge, Castlewellan, Annsborough and Ballynahinch. For more experienced riders, the 70 mile route will also extend from Castlewellan to include Newcastle, Dundrum, Clough, Downpatrick, Killyleagh, Saintfield and Temple, with both routes returning to the Rackets Club.

Commenting on the new route, Ciaran said, “The route promises to be a challenging but enjoyable ride taking in the breath-taking views of the Mournes and other parts of County Down. Registration packs can be collected at Lisburn Racquets Club from 9am on the morning, with the Sportive starting at 10am.

“We have a great day planned, with a Phoenix Fuelling Station located at the mid-way point at Castlewellan GAC and refreshments and entertainment for all participants taking place from 2.00pm at Lisburn Rackets Club.

“Last year we welcomed over 250 riders and we anticipate even more entrants this year, particularly if the weather holds, so I would encourage cyclists to register now and get set for a great day out.”

To enter the Phoenix Cycle Sportive, fuelled by Phoenix Natural Gas, cyclists can register via or sign-up on the day from 9.00am at Lisburn Rackets Club. Entry Fee is £15.00 if you pre-register or £20.00 on the day.

For more information on Phoenix Natural Gas visit

For more information on Phoenix Cycle Club visit or follow the action on Twitter @phoenix_cycling or Facebook @PhoenixCyclingClub.

Is gas available in my area?

Map image

Enter your postcode into the box below to find out -

Register your interest

Map image

Click here to register your interest with Phoenix Natural Gas.

View latest offers

View latest offers widget image

Click here to see how you could save money with our latest offers.

Get in touch

 Telephone iconCall 03454 55 55 55
 Calendar iconBook an appointment >
 Contact us iconContact us online

Got a Question? button

Here are some frequently asked questions

Can't find what your looking for?

Get in touch here.

Installing natural gas central heating does eliminate the need for a separate hot water tank, so it is possible to free up some space where the hot press currently exists. However, it is not a requirement of installing natural gas central heating that your hot water tank is removed, so it is entirely your choice.

Homeowners installing a new central heating appliance will be required to make an application to the Builiding Control department of their local council prior to work commencing.

Once you have requested your connection to the natural gas network, it can take up to 15 working days to get a planned connection date. Your natural gas connection is installed over approximately 5 working days, which includes re-instatement on private and public property.  The final stage is the internal installation completed by your installer which (depending on the work involved) can take on average 3 working days.

Currently Phoenix Natural Gas offers a free connection to the natural gas network, worth up to £750.  Work to install your natural gas appliance, e.g. central heating or gas fire is carried out by an independent Gas Safe registered installer.  Details of these installers can be found here.

There would be more energy saving benefits to change everything at once, but we realise that family budgets may prevent this. It is possible to change over in stages, as financial considerations allow.

As with any major home improvement there will be an element of disruption, although both Phoenix Natural Gas and Gas Safe registered installation companies (registered with Phoenix Natural Gas) will aim to keep this to an absolute minimum.

The network operator provides and maintains the natural gas network.  The supplier buys gas which they then sell to consumers via the network operator’s network.  Your supplier is your first point of contact for billing queries and payment card requests.

Phoenix Natural Gas is the gas transporter and network operator.  We do not supply natural gas.  Details of gas suppliers in the greater Belfast area can be found here.

This section is currently under review.

Please call your gas supplier or 03454 55 55 55 for help and advice.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.


Phoenix Natural Gas is the network operator and not the gas supplier.  Therefore, you will need to speak to your gas supplier.  Details of suppliers can be found here.

On occasion Phoenix Natural Gas will need to carry essential maintenance on the gas meter.  We will endeavour to notify you of this to enable access to your gas appliances after the work is carried out. However, we know that this is not always convenient for consumers. 

If we have been at your property and left a no access card this will give the appropriate number to call to get your gas switched back on.  If you have any questions regarding this please contact our customer services team on 03454 55 55 55.

Natural gas is the fuel of choice for many consumers across Europe with 20 million customers in Great Britain alone. Phoenix Natural Gas continually monitors the system for safety and operates a 24-hour emergency response service, 365 days a year. All gas appliances should be correctly installed by a Gas Safe registered installation company and should be checked annually.

Natural gas is a very convenient, clean and versatile fuel. But like all fuels it must be handled wisely to ensure its safety and efficiency. If you think you smell gas, you should contact the 24-hour gas emergency service on 0800 002 001 or click here for further advice.


No. All installers who are eligible to carry out natural gas work have been registered with Gas Safe Register, which is the national watchdog for gas safety in the UK. Many of these installers will also be registered with Phoenix Natural Gas, which ensures that you can take advantage of our many offers and incentives for new customers switching to natural gas.

A number of installation companies offer a finance facility which allows you to install a new high efficiency natural gas system and spread the cost of installation over a fixed number of months.

For more information on Finance please click here.

For a full list of Phoenix registered installers please click here.