Riding with the Red Cross

Published 12/06/2013 | 05:36

Jason Wallace, James McDonnell and Mejella Ford are doing the Heroes Cycle Challenge in aid of the Irish Red Cross
Jason Wallace, James McDonnell and Majella Forde of the Red Cross looking forward to doing the Heroes Cycle Challenge. Photo: Paul Tearle

CYCLISTS from across Ireland will gather at the Tralee Bay Wetland's Centre on June 16 before setting off on an 80 kilometre leisure cycle through west Kerry.

The event has been organised by the Kerry Red Cross as part of the Heroes' Week gathering celebration for emergency personnel that takes place in and around Tralee for five days from Wednesday June 12.

Plans for Heroes' Week Ireland have been in the works since last September with Kerry's gardai, fire and rescue, coastguard, RNLI and the Red Cross coming together to organise a packed programme of events.

The week has attracted international attention with many visitors expected to arrive in Tralee from New York, Philadelphia, Manchester, London, Canada, Germany, France and at this point there is little accommodation left in Tralee for the duration of the event.

While much of Heroes' Week is dedicated to honouring the work of emergency service personnel, the organisers also wanted to take the opportunity to raise money for charity and they decided to hold a sponsored cycle in aid of carers' support group Kingdom Care.

The cycle will take place on Sunday June 16 and the event will be based form the Tralee Bay Wetlands' Centre. The 80km route will take cyclists from Tralee to Dingle via the Connor Pass before returning to the county capital via Lispole and Camp.

The entry fee is just €20 for Cycle Ireland members while non members can take part for €22. Sponsorship cards are available from the Wetland's Centre.

Registration will begin at 9am and there will be a briefing for participants at 10.15am. The scheduled start time for the cycle is 10.30am. The organisers will also have a limited number of specially designed cycling jerseys in small and medium available for sale at €30 and can be bought on the day of the cycle.


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