Offaly cyclists sought for national event

THE development aid agency, Bóthar, are staging a 32 county cycle fundraising event this July and they are looking for Offaly cyclists to participate.

THE development aid agency, Bóthar, are staging a 32 county cycle fundraising event this July and they are looking for Offaly cyclists to participate.

A core group of participants will complete the 560 mile route over seven stages from Sunday, July 17 to Saturday, July 23.

The event, which starts in Portumna and finishes in Co Clare, is set to raise much needed funds for Bóthar, the charity that specialises in the use of livestock (most notable dairy heifers) in its programmes overseas.

In addition to the main core group, each day participants are invited to complete the stage in their region. The stage that includes Offaly is on Sunday, July 17 cycling from Portumna to Strokestown.

The charity is issuing a special appeal to Offaly cyclists to sign up for the event on that day. Any individual or cycling club who might like to get involved should contact Bóthar on 071 9120100 or e-mail events@bothar.ie for further details and sponsorship cards.

The event is organised to suit keen leisure cyclists and is expected to run at an average speed of 18 km/h. According to event co-ordinator Pat McCarrick, “This cycle will suit the well established leisure cyclists or the keen beginner. We provide training guidelines and give every support with fundraising. Bóthar is making a special appeal to local cyclists at a time when help is still much needed for developing world families living in poverty.”