Cyclists raise funds for Cancer Support
THE WEATHER lifted and the sun shone high in the sky as almost 100 cyclists toured the Garden of Ireland for Bray Cancer Support Centre.
The annual Joe Loughman Randonnée, a memorial for former president and founder of Bray Wheelers, is run in conjunction with the cycling club and each year raises much needed funds for the Support Centre.
This year an estimated ¤3,500 has been raised although the final total hasn’t been officially counted yet.
On the day there was a choice of cycle from 120 kilometres, 80 kilometres or 12 kilometres.
The brave that took on the 120 kilometres enjoyed what was called a leisurely cycle from the Bray Wheelers Clubhouse at the Boghall Road, through to Rathdrum, Aughrim, Balinaclash and Glen- malure. At Glenmalure the cyclists enjoyed a welcomed break with tasty buffet of tea and cakes provided at Kirikee Hall.
With a sugar rush from the cakes the cyclist then took on the main challenge of the 120 and 80 kilometres stretch that was the Shay Elliott Climb.
Once the climb was defeated the cyclists then made their way back to the Bray Wheelers Clubhouse.
Here each of the cyclists were presented with certificates by Ronnie Loughman, widow of Joe, for the great achievement they had made on the day.
Staff at the Bray Cancer Support Centre would like to thank everybody who participated and also the catering teams who made the delicious cakes and biscuits and the Bray Wheeler Helpers who carried out a fantastic job on the day.
Denis Dodd, Noel Reynolds, Gerry Tyrell, John Treacy, Larry Clarke and Tony Martin ready to race.
Paul Tansey, Eddy Lane, Peter Fitzhugh and Noel Murphy from Orwell Cycling Club.
Alannah and Keelin Martin with their cuddly canine buddy.
Michael Kenny with Tony McWilliams who was out cycling only six months after recovering from brain surgery.