Cy­clists raise funds for Can­cer Sup­port

Bray People - - Moving Parish - Paula BURNS

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.

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