Errigal had great success at the recent Donegal Championships last weekend with Amy Harkin winning the Ladies Road Race and Neil McBride first home in the A4 Race.
The weekend’s events began on Saturday with the Time Trial Championship which took place over 10 miles on the Foxhall course, the event was won by Rory Devlin from North Pole with Errigal’s Sean McFadden (22.08) only one second behind to take 2nd place with Peter McBride in 5th.
On Sunday the Road Races took place and in the Ladies Race first home was Errigal’s Amy Harkin to claim the title as Champion of Donegal; a fantastic ride from the young girl from Ray who is only in her first year as a senior.
The A4 Race took place around a 50-mile circuit and Errigal’s Neil McBride broke away early after only a few miles, before the climb up Errigal. Neil rode strongly to finish over two minutes ahead of those chasing to take the title. Neil has had a particularly hard season through injury and bad luck and his win proved very popular, as he deserved his victory and had to work extremely hard to achieve it riding front the front. Errigal dominated this race with six riders in the top ten, Eugene McBride (2nd), James Toye (3rd), Eugene McGettigan (7th), Paul Doherty (8th) and Owen Boyle (10th).
In the weekend’s top event, the A1/2/3 Race took place over a tough 80-mile circuit and was won by Rory Devlin (North Pole) who broke away early on in the race together with Errigal’s Sean McFadden and Rosa Doherty (Four Masters). Following a number of attacks Rory finally got away himself and finished strongly ahead of young Rosa Doherty who rode a fantastic race for 2nd and Errigal’s Peter McBride who won the sprint for 3rd, with five riders in the top ten, the team event was won by Four Master’s from Errigal in 2nd. Michael McBride from Errigal continued to display his good form riding aggressively from the start, he finished in 5th place and was first U23.
Afterwards, the presentations were made by Errigal’s Conor McIlwainne; unfortunately Conor could not defend his Donegal Championship Title having broken a few bones in his hand in a fall in a race in Belgium recently. All at Errigal wish him a speedy recovery!
Errigal’s youth riders rode well at the weekend with a number taking part in a race in Cookstown on Sunday. In the U12 race Cahill Gallagher was 2nd with teammate Amanda Gallagher in 3rd and Joe Harkin finishing in the bunch.
In the U14 race Conor Halvey continued his winning ways in the U14 race with Shauna McFadden, Michael McGlynn, Sean Og Harrison, Adam Harkin and David Rankin all showing well. In the U16 RACE Adam Rankin rode strongly to finish in the main group. Racing in Co. Meath at the weekend Odhran Doogan won the U12 race brilliantly with big sister Ciara winning the U14 with brother PJ in 3rd.
For those kids who want to get involved in road cycling, Errigal now runs a youth training night for beginners every Wednesday night throughout the summer in the Gweedore Industrial Estate at 7pm. Training focuses on basic bike skills and those taking part must have a road bike with racing handlebars. All youth on the course will be assessed on an ongoing basis with the option to progress onto one of the Clubs elite youth race training groups, which are held on Tuesday nights in Gweedore and Thursday nights in Letterkenny.
For further information on the beginners training course please contact Rory on 086 0742584 (evenings only). Updates on all youth events are posted on a daily basis on the Errigal Group Facebook Page, which can be joined on https://www.facebook.com/groups/81456018019.
Errigal Cycling Camp (Formally Sprocket Rocket)
This very popular course will take place on the following Tuesday evenings May 20/27th June 3/10th from 6:30-8pm at Glenveagh National Park. The camp is based on bike skills and safety and takes place in a safe environment with experienced coaching from Errigal cycling club members. This event always proves to be great fun children of National School age and is extremely popular so book early.
Costs are €25 for non members and €20 for members and registration for the course will take place on Tuesday 13th May in the Lagoon at Termon from 7pm. Please come along to the registration evening as it takes a week to get all children insured and registered for the camp. For more information contact Mary Harkin on (087) 235 2865.
Fun Cycle for Merryn
On Sunday Errigal members are encouraged to support the Fun Cycle For Merryn; Merryn has Neuroblastoma, which is an aggressive childhood cancer of the nervous system, and her family are raising funds to enable Merryn to travel to America for pioneering treatment for the condition. The cycle which starts at 11am from the City of Derry Rugby Club will travel through Letterkenny and finish at the golf club in Dunfanaghy. A group will also leave Dunfanaghy Golf club at 11am and cycle towards Letterkenny to meet and return with the Derry group to Dunfanaghy. Sign on at the clubhouse in Dunfanaghy will be from 10:30am and minimum donations are €20, which includes refreshments after the cycle. This event is open to everyone so please come along and support by either doing the full cycle or part of it. For more information visit www.merrynlacy.com or facebook.com/merrynlacy.
Weekend Club Runs
Once again there is an open invitation to anyone (including youths age 10+) interested in cycling to come along on the weekend club runs, we would again encourage more to join in this week starting on Saturday from the Annagry Car Park at 10 am. The Sunday run is cancelled as the Fun Cycle for Merryn is on.
Updates on all events are posted on a daily basis on the Errigal Group Facebook Page, which can be joined on https://www.facebook.com/groups/81456018019.