OVER 250 athletes took part in the 21st staging of the Sligo to Letterkenny charity cycle on Sunday.
The event was initially set up in memory of the late Michael Toner, from Middle Road, Ballyraine, Letterkenny, and each year the monies raised go to Cancer Research at St Vincent’s Hospital in Dublin.
“It was a very successful event,” said Paddy Delap, one of the race organisers. “ There were a few hiccups and bumps here and there but that’s par for the course when you consider the amount of entrants there were. Thankfully the Red Cross were there to help and fortunately nobody was hospitalised.
“It’s a very worthy charity and we’d like to help those who help others. As we’re still collecting the money we don’t have a figure on it yet but we will let it be known when we do.
There are almost too many people involved to thank individually but I would like to especially mention McGinley’s Bar for the refreshments afterwards, Liam O’Donnell and all at Letterkenny Community Centre for use of showers and Margaret Toner for her continued support.”
Although the event isn’t technically considered as a race, there is a competitive element. Sean McFadden was the first man home in a fine time of two hours and 48 minutes, while Sandra McGeever, who is also a member of Errigal Cycling Club, was the leading female.