The Shannon Suir Cycle fundraiser for the North Tipperary Hospice movement is set to become an annual fixture after its inaugural staging was declared a resounding success at the weekend.
The organisers have expressed their delight with the event and believe that in time, and with strong promotion, it can become a prominent fixture in the national leisure cycling calendar.
Over 170 cyclists, from advanced to beginners, took part in the cycle which raised more €10,000 for North Tipperary Hospice Movement.
Over 100 cyclists gathered at Dromineer on Lough Derg for the start of the event at 10am. Set off by Tipperary winning manager from 2010 and participant Liam Sheedy, the cyclists made their way through Nenagh, Roscrea and Templemore before breaking for lunch on the banks of Tipperary’s other great waterway, the River Suir, at The Source Arts Centre. Local volunteers also broke the journey for the cyclists by providing water stops courtesy of Tipperary Water, in Roscrea, Templemore and Borrisoleigh where other participants also joined in strong numbers.
The final leg of the journey from Nenagh to Dromineer added a fresh injection of youth to the event as over 40 children and their parents joined for the family cycle, sent on their way by Nenagh Brass Band, with all 170 plus cyclists winding their way back in a number of groups under the finishing arch in Dromineer.
Chief organiser Sara McDonnell, PRO North Tipperary Hospice Movement, said that, based on the inaugural event, the Shannon Suir Cycle has the potential to grow into something really special.
“Everyone seemed to have a great day. It’s a competitive space, with so many cycling events nationally, but few such events can compete with starting and finishing at the Shannon, lunching at the Suir and crossing a county in the process. “We had so many people helping us, from the marshals to the business community, Order of Malta to the many volunteers. We would like to say a special thank you to the North Tipp Wheelers and, in particular, Michael Molampy for helping us in the run-up to the event and making cyclists available on the day to take the groups through.”
Josie O’Grady, chair, North Tipperary Hospice Movement, said that the event was again a tribute to the tremendous sense of volunteerism and support in the county for North Tipperary Hospice Movement.
Donations are still coming in and those who wish to support can do so by contacting Sara McDonnell, North Tipperary Hospice; ph: 085-8532609.