OVER 150 cyclists braved Sunday's high winds to take part in a fundraising charity cycle along the highways and by-ways of west Limerick and north Kerry in the second annual LK (Limerick/ Kerry) charity cycle.
The event was deemed a fantastic success, with twice as many participants taking part as in last year's inaugural event. While funds have yet to be counted, it is hoped that profits from Sunday's event will reap huge dividends for this year's designated charities, the Brothers of Charity in both Newcastle West and Listowel.
Athea woman, Mary Collins, raised the flag for the riders at 11am , with participants then opting for one of two routes - the 60km Athea Loop from Athea to Shanagolden, Glin, Tarbert, and back to Athea, or the longer 115km Coastal Route which saw participants leave the other riders in Tarbert and head for Ballylongford, Ballybunion, Listowel, Abbeyfeale and back to Athea.
"Despite the winds, most of the riders opted for the longer route and it was brilliant to see locals and the other riders cheer them on when they got back to the village that evening," event organiser Yvonne O'connor said. "It was absolutely fantastic and we had riders from Kerry, Limerick, Laois, Cork and Tipperary taking part."