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Wednesday 18 September 2019

24-hour tour of Ireland for charity

Mick Gartland, Paul Piccard and Jimmy Nangle with their support team at Whitewater Bray for the launch of 24 hour Circuit of Ireland Motorbike Challenge
Mick Gartland, Paul Piccard and Jimmy Nangle with their support team at Whitewater Bray for the launch of 24 hour Circuit of Ireland Motorbike Challenge

Three of the team at Whitewater in Bray who share a passion for motorcycles, made their way around Ireland last week in under 24 hours, to raise money for Temple Street.

Mick Gartland, Paul Piccard and Jimmy Nangle and their support team of five, started out last Saturday morning at 4 a.m. They were back before midnight, completing the challenge in 19 hours, 40 minutes. They covered 850 miles, taking just short breaks to refuel and stretch their legs.

The team has previously taken on Route 66, twice, along with Whitewater CEO Mark Keating, also for the children's hospital. This time, Mark was confined to support team duty due to a back injury but will be back for Route 66 2020. After this campaign, they will have raised more than €100,000 for the hospital since 2016.

The men made their way from Bray to Ballycastle, Letterkenny, Sligo, Westport, Clifden, Galway, Limerick, Killarney, Cork, Waterford and Wexford before heading back to Bray and completing the Iron Butt Challenge.

The support team was carrying food, a spare bike, fuel, refreshments, and plenty of encouragement. They have raised over €8,000 and have a target of €20,000.'It was an early start, it was tough enough,' said Paul on Monday. 'We did take it easy for the first little bit.

'We have done longer journeys, with Route 66 twice for Temple Street, but never with such a long time on the bike in one day,' said Jimmy.

Both men said that it is difficult to sit up in position on the bike for such a long period of time. 'The body takes a hammering,' said Paul. They also had the elements to contend with, and tiredness later in the day, particularly after dark.

They were surprised to have made such good time, coming in well under the 24 hours. 'I thought we would need every minute,' said Paul. Jimmy said they kept the breaks to a minimum so that they could get back as early as possible.

None of the trio had any difficulty sleeping once they got back to their beds on Saturday night. 'Jimmy slept until 1 in the day, he hasn't done that since he was a teenager!' said Mark.

Mark Keating said that while a new children's hospital is being built, that won't be open for at least five years. 'Temple Street still needs vital equipment, and the best quality, to keep the hospital running.'

To make a donation, go to idonate.ie/CircuitofIreland4TempleStreet.

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