Shannon Group staff brave high winds and rain to cycle 110km in aid of its 2015 designated charities

Published on : Wednesday, June 10, 2015

shannonDriving winds and a number of heavy downpours did not deter over 80 cyclists from raising much needed funds for two Mid-West based charities as they took on a 110km Shannon Group Charity Cycle on Saturday.


The hardy souls travelled came from counties Clare, Galway, Limerick and Tipperary to take part and set out from Shannon at 9a.m. on Saturday morning on a route that took them along the old Shannon to Gort main road  (N17), through Newmarket on Fergus, Clarecastle and Crusheen.


The group, many of whom were caught in heavy rains, stopped for a lunch break at the Lady Gregory Hotel in Gort before making the return leg via Tubber and then connecting back with the N17 and onwards back to Shannon.



The proceeds raised from the cycle, with monies still coming in, will go to the designated Shannon Group charities for 2015 – TLC4CF (Tipperary Limerick Clare for Cystic Fibrosis) and Milford Care Centre.


Among those to take on the trek were Shannon Group CEO Neil Pakey and Chairman Rose Hynes, both newcomers to cycling, Airport Operations Director and organiser in chief Niall Maloney, as well as CEO of Shannon Heritage John Ruddle and Shannon Group HR Director Chris O’Donovan.


Said Mr Pakey:  “It was great fun; ….perhaps fun isn’t the right word, but at the end there was a real sense of great satisfaction.  There was a highly charged atmosphere from the off and a great team spirit for everyone who participated, especially those who basically carried me along!  We’re already looking forward to next year!”


Said Shannon Group Chairman Rose Hynes,  “If someone told me a few months ago that I would do a 110km cycle I’m not so sure I would have taken them seriously but it really was a great experience.  With the wind and rain, it was a test of endurance at times but well worth it as the proceeds go to two very worthy charities.   It’s also a great way for Shannon Group to promote healthy activity and the team deserves great credit for organising such a well-run event.”



Source:- Shannon Airport


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