As part of the Kildarragh Fair, Patrick Durning and Raymond Wilkinson organised a very successful mountain bike run..
Over seventy riders braved the bogs, the rivers and the roads around the bottom of Muckish mountain on a bright but showery morning. Thanks to all who took part and donated to the Donegal Down Syndrome Association. Peter Mc Bride was the top Errigal rider in 5th place, he was followed home closly by his brother Neil and Matthew McKinley. Conor Halvey finished just outside the top ten. The run attracted all levels of cyclist, from the experienced mountain bikers to beginners who wanted to have a go at he course. For most the only question at the end was,” when are you doing this again”.
Errigal riders featured well in the Tour of Rathmullan on Sunday. Not to be outdone on the weekend by his brothers, Michael McBride was first home the A race in a quality field. Eugene McBride continued his run of good performances taking third place, with Kevin Holian and Charlie Gallagher also in the top ten. Eugene McGettigan also on a good run of results recently took the honours in the B race.
After a break for the Youth Tour, the weekend leisure runs were back with good numbers at both the Saturday and Sunday runs. Club members also attended both the Maghery festival run and the Columba Doherty memorial cycle. Keep an eye on the facebook page for details of this weekends runs. Thursday run from Sweeneys Garage, Falcarragh at 7pm is continuing to attract good crowds. Again, non members and newcomers are welcome to our leisure runs, just bring a roadworthy bike and a helmet.
Keep Sunday 7th September free. The popular Harvest Tour is back. We will leave from Dunfanaghy with a number of routes available for all levels of cyclist. Full Details next week.
Now that the dust has settled on another Youth Tour, we must say a great big thank you to all who made the event a success.To all our many sponsors, our neighbouring cycling clubs,the Donegal motor club,the Gardai and the people of Churchill and Leterkenny, thank you. Once again thanks to the many club members and their families who came out to help with the many jobs and roles over the three days. Thanks also to all the local print media, local radio and tg4 who gave our event great coverage. Well done to all the riders who took part and best wishes for a speedy recovery to those who were injured during the weekend.
Next up for our youths are the National Championships on the 23rd/24th August in Ballymoney. Hopefully we will see a large turnout of Errigal riders taking part in what promises to be two great days of racing.All Youths should get the online entry form completed a.s.a.p..
The National Community Games finals take place this weekend with Errigal youths representing the county in both the duathalon and the grass cycling events. Best of luck to them all.
Pat Traynor has stepped down as club P.R.O. due to work committments. We want to thank Pat for his top class reporting of the club events in the past two years. You have raised the profile of the club not only locally but much farther afield with your reports and photos and you will no doubt be missed. Any member interested in filling Pat’s shoes should contact James Harkin.