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Thursday 23 October 2014

Fundraising friends go the extra mile... to Mayo

DUO CYCLE THERE AND BACK FOR CANCER SOCIETY

FERGAL MADDOCK

Published 28/08/2012 | 14:58

TWO Swords men have literally travelled the breath of the country to raise money for a cause that heartbreakingly affects thousands in this country every year.

Tom Daly and Sean Dineen saddled up for a 450km cycle, which saw them travel to Mayo and back in aid of the Irish Cancer Society. The two men, both in their mid-40s, took up cycling last year after a break of about 20 years. 'Initially it was a bit of a struggle and we only managed to do around 30k a day but gradually this started to climb and then we started to go further and further, sometimes travelling to Drogheda and back,' Tom explained.

He added: ' Then in February I lost my sister-in-law to cancer at just 39 years of age which was a big shock. I decided that i would like to do something for the Irish Cancer Society who were very good to my brother and sister in law when she was battling cancer.' Tom and Sean decided that a charity cycle would be a good idea and selected Mayo as Tom's wife is from there and they visit often. 'It was going to be a 450 kilometre round trip so having discussed it with my friend Sean we said we would give it a shot. We left at 9 a.m. on the Friday and after a couple of stops for food on the way we arrived in Mayo at 7 p.m. after eight hours in the saddle.'

A little bit sore from the long journey the men were delighted to have made it to Mayo and were in buoyant mood as they planned the returned journey. After a day of rest on Saturday, the men set off at 9 a.m. on the Sunday but they were shocked and surprised at just how tough the return journey turned out to be. 'Our legs were tired from the Friday but also the wind was in our faces all the way back which made it extremely difficult,' Tom said. However they put their heads done and persisted with the journey. ' The joy of getting back to Swords on Sunday evening and finishing what we set out to do is probably one of the best feelings I have ever had in my life,' he added.

'Even after 17 and a half hours on the bikes we felt great and we got a fantastic welcome home from all of our neighbours.' Tom added: 'I would like to thank everyone who sponsored us for the trip. People were really generous and the Irish Cancer Society will be very grateful for all the donations.' And he concluded: 'I would just like to say if you ever thought of doing something like this get out and do it because it may be one of the most satisfying things that you will ever do and you will be surprised at the support you get along the way.'

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