Tuesday, June 13, 2017

 

Pictured are committee members and the cyclists from the Portlaw Village Wheelers presenting Antoinette Kiely of Crumlin Children’s Hospital with a cheque for €19,250 and Nora Hallissey and Bernie O’Sullivan of Portlaw Red Cross with a cheque for €8,250 in Portlaw this week after the a group of cyclists from the club recently completed the Four Munster Airports Challenge.’

The ‘Four Munster Airports Challenge’ came to a close on Tuesday evening last when committee and the cyclists from Portlaw Village Wheelers presented Crumlin Children’s Hospital with a cheque for €19,250 and Portlaw Red Cross with a cheque for €8,250. This amount exceeded both the committees and the cyclist’s wildest expectations.
Because both these charities are very deserving recipients gaining sponsorship was an achievable task. However, nothing prepared the lads for the generosity of their family, friends, local community and local businesses. Everybody involved wishes to thank anybody who supported this event in anyway at all.
The three day challenge of cycling over 500kms was undoubtedly a mammoth task for the vast majority of the cyclists. For most of the cyclists the furthest distance anyone would have cycled in a single day was 180kms, so to cycle an average of 170kms a day for three consecutive days certainly pushed them beyond their limits. The middle day from Bunratty to Macroom was the hardest, with the final 60km leg of that day proving particularly difficult with strong winds and rain in the faces of the cyclists. Strange as it may seem this challenge turned into one of the most enjoyable, memorable and fulfilling weekends in all of their cycling lives. Life long friendships were formed and memories made, that will last a life time. What next for this group of cyclists? Watch this space.

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