Big turnout for Mark’s Memorial Run

The second annual Mark Reynolds Memorial Bike Run took place on Sunday afternoon.

The second annual Mark Reynolds Memorial Bike Run took place on Sunday afternoon.

Around 50 motorbikes of all makes and classes took part in the cavalcade, which is held in the memory of Mark Reynolds, a 39-year-old Ballyshannon man who died in tragic circumstances two years ago.

The Bike Run is a fundraiser for STOP (Suicide - Teach, Organise and Prevent), a registered charity in the North West that assists and supports individuals who feel suicidal, are in distress or those who have been bereaved by suicide. STOP also promotes positive mental health and related issues by visiting (when requested) schools, communities and organisations throughout Ireland

Ballyshannon Town Mayor John Meehanwaved the bikers off in glorious sunshine at 2pm at Finn McCool’s Ballsyhannon.

They proceeded to Kinlough, Manorhamilton, Sligo, Strandhill, Mullaghmore and Bundoran before returning to Ballyshannon. Along the route, they stopped in all the towns and at many of the beaches, to collect for this worthy fund STOP

John Hurst, one of the organisers, said: “People were very, very generous, they all dug deep.

“We haven’t a clue exactly how much we raised yet, because monies are still coming in”

Back in Ballyshannon, everyone enjoyed a BBQ at the Gables, with great entertainment from three local bands.

The organisers want to thank “everyone who supported in any way, all the bikers who took part, the collectors/bucket shakers, who did all hard work, all those who made donations or sponsored us, and, of course, Mark’s mother Molly, for allowing us to hold the event in Mark’s memory.”

They added: “It’s great to see that even though someone has died in tragic circumstances, their memory lives on and can help other people who may be suffering and give them hope.

“We would ask anyone who is suffering not to suffer in silence. Come forward and talk to someone. There are people who are ready and willing to listen and to help.”

The 24-hour confidential STOP helpline is 071 916 4286.