Ireland’s first track cycling medallist Caroline Ryan was on hand to support the launch of the Get BACk annual fundraising cycle routes in Clare, Limerick & Tipperary. Caroline Ryan who was Ireland’s first medallist in 110 years officially launched the new 70km and 120km routes for the charity cycle that will raise funds for sports and activity programmes for children in areas of social disadvantage and for children with disabilities. The seventh running of the event takes place on June 30th and will welcome three time Tour de France winner Greg LeMond to the roads of Clare. Participants will cycle across three countries starting from the University Pavilion travelling to Clare towards Killaloe, cycling around Lough Derg in the direction of Portroe before returning to the finish in UL.
Speaking at the announcement of the 2012 Get BACk Challenge Managing Director of Focus Consulting Brian McGann outlined how this years event will attract the largest number of participants. He said ‘the selection of the new route is designed to provide participants with a new challenge. Hopefully with the numbers increasing in cycling we can attract a good turnout on the day. The money raised supports such a broad range of projects that uses sport as the mechanism to engage with children, get them active and provide an enjoyable outlet for them.‘
Former two time world champion and three time Tour de France winner Greg LeMond will return to take part in his fifth Get BACk Challenge event. The champion cyclist has previously donated €50,000 worth of training equipment to support sports projects in the city.
Registration for the 2012 event is €50 and participants must raise a minimum of €150.00 each. Cyclists who register will receive an event cycling jersey, refreshments during the cycles and access to a post event BBQ and entertainment at the UL Sports Pavilion. Registration for the event is available through www.getbackchallenge.com website.
A local team is trying to get together to fundraise for Suir Haven. They have managed to raise €10,000 for the last two years for Suir Haven on top of previous monies presented to North Tipperary Hospice from the charity since it began, thanks to the brilliant support of the people in Thurles and its surrounds.
For more information on the local team please contact Michelle O’Connell, 087 650 4299.