Fitness enthusiasts and amateur cyclists alike who are ‘gearing up’ for a major fundraising cycle on Sunday, September 9th, got a major boost when county stars Mark McHugh and David Walsh officially launched the event.
On that date over one hundred cyclists are expected to make the 58 kilometre trip from Donegal Town to Glencolmcille, as a fundraising initiative for Temple Street Children’s Hospital. And in honour of the County Team’s impending All-Ireland final appearance, all cyclists are being asked to don the Donegal jersey in a show of support for Jim and the lads.
The event has been organised by CLG Naomh Columba, Gleann Cholm Cille, in conjunction with The Reveller Bar, Donegal Town, and is the second part of a double-fundraiser, which also saw a charity football match held in the Southwest club’s grounds on the August Bank Holiday weekend.
Organisers have been delighted with the response to the cycle thus far, with bike sales booming in the Southwest area, and cyclists of all ages and abilities signing up.
Despite the just-for-fun ethos of the event, there have been reports of early morning and late night training sessions in both Glen and Donegal Town, plus numerous sightings of Naomh Columba footballers in Tour de France mode on the hills of Glengesh and Maghera!
Cyclists who have already registered have been issued with sponsorship cards, however unregistered cyclists can turn up on the day and take part, with a registration fee of €20 donated to the charity. Registration will take from 8.45am to 9.30am at Páirc na nGael in Glencolmcille, and from 11am on the Diamond in Donegal Town.
Anyone travelling from Glencolmcille can avail of specially organised bus transfer, and bikes will also be transported. The cycle will depart the Diamond, Donegal Town at 12 noon, and will stop over in Killybegs, before winding it’s way up Fintra and in through to Glen.
All cyclists will make their way to the clubhouse at Páirc na nGael for hot showers, before finishing up at the Glen Head Tavern, where there will be a barbeque from 5pm, followed by a table quiz at 7pm.
Organisers are reminding everyone intending to take part that it is compulsory to wear a helmet. Anyone wishing to help out on the day can call into The Reveller Bar, or check out CLG Naomh Columba on Facebook.Tags: