Over €25,000 raised by this year’s Clonakilty Charity Cycle

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Posted on: 9th October, 2016

Category: Health & Lifestyle

Contributor: West Cork People

ABOVE: Clonakilty GAA Chairman Ger McCarthy.

The fifth annual Clonakilty Charity Cycle took place on Saturday, September 10 with over 320 cyclists departing the picturesque Clonakilty GAA complex in glorious sunshine at 10am on the morning. With two routes – a 50km cycle to Bandon-Timoleague and back to Clonakilty and a 100km route to Bandon, Ballinhassig, Belgooley, Kinsale, Ballinspittle, Timoleague – the cycle finished with food and refreshments at the Clonakilty GAA complex.

Over €25,000 was raised on the day; over the past five years the charity cycle committee has raised in excess of €150,000. The charities benefitting from the cycle this year are Cancer Connect, Cope Foundation, Co Action, Marymount Hospice with Clonakilty Community care, Pieta House, Irish Wheelchair Association and St Vincent de Paul.

Food and refreshment stops for the cyclists were available at Bandon, Ballinhassig Community Hall and Timoleague GAA Complex. With a large group stewarding on both routes and Garda, medical and ambulance back-up, all cyclists completed the cycle without any major incident.

The cycling committee would  like to thank and acknowledge the patience of all motorists who experienced delay on the routes with such a large number of cyclists taking part.

Upwards of 200 voluntary people helped on the day and companies and businesses provided food and refreshments to make the event a great success. The cycling committee is very grateful for their ongoing support.

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