Jumbo Run gives children a fantastic day out
A horde of bikers arrived in Clonakilty from all over the country to join in a colourful Jumbo Run and give around 25 children a truly wonderful day out.
In all, about 60 people, including 25 children of all ages with special needs and complex needs and their parents, enjoyed the event which was carried out in conjunction with the charity CoAction, which provides services to children and adults with an intellectual disability and autism in the West Cork area.
Around 25 bikers on trikes, motorbikes and sidecars participated in the popular event on Saturday, September 22.
“The children could not wait to get on the motorbikes with the sidecars, they were really excited,” said Pat Mulcahy of the organising committee.
“They really had a ball. It was a fantastic day out,” he said, of the third annual Jumbo Run, which began at the Quality Hotel in Clonakilty and travelled through Timoleague and Courtmacsherry, before enjoying a party at the Secret Gardens Entertainment Centre in Kilbrittain, followed by a disco.
Months of organisation and preparation went into making the Jumbo Run a success, with some bikers travelling long distances to provide transport to children.
“We were delighted to see that the kids loved it. They love the bikes and even though we didn’t have great weather on the day, they really enjoyed themselves,” said Mr Mulcahy. He believes the Jumbo Run is something that would be an annual event for the foreseeable future: “It will get bigger and bigger,” he said, adding that a lot of families came from not just the Clonakilty area but from around the whole Cork region.
“They tell us they are hearing about it and so it is getting bigger and bigger and I can see it becoming a very big annual event for families.”
The third annual Jumbo Run, featuring bikers with trikes and sidecars, transported children with special needs and complex needs on a day out around parts of West Cork.