Wednesday 24 April 2019

Bunclody crew took on major cycle for CF!

The Bunclody Crew who completed the Malin 2 Mizen cycle for Cystic Fibrosis
The Bunclody Crew who completed the Malin 2 Mizen cycle for Cystic Fibrosis

Pádraig Byrne

A group of Bunclody cyclists who managed to cycle the entire length of the country for Cystic Fibrosis Ireland have thanked the local community for the fantastic support they received and are encouraging people to sign up for a similar event next year. Fiona and James Bodels, Jo and Ben McLellan, Bernie Black, Tony Redmond and Ciaran Redmond undertook the mammoth task of completing 640km in the saddle in just four days from Malin Head to Mizen Head.

A total of 42 brave souls took part in the event which managed to raise a massive €162,341.30 for the cause, making it the biggest fundraiser ever for CF Ireland.

The group set off from Malin Head, the most northerly point in the country, having undertaken extensive training and fundraising. Spirits were high as they made their way through the Donegal countryside. 'As we got to know our fellow cyclists we all had one thing in common - Cystic fibrosis,' said Fiona Bodels. 'Parents, friends and families of CF patients swapped stories of how they arrived on this particular journey. The stars of the show were two people who suffered from CF themselves and who managed, through sheer hard work and determination, to complete every kilometre of the event.

From Donegal, the group went down through Galway where the conditions were made slightly more difficult by the rain. They received a rousing welcome in Tuam, however, as it was the homeplace of one of the riders who suffers from CF.

From there it was on to Limerick on Day 3 and down to Charleville, where difficult weather and tired legs tested the riders.

'The cycle down through County Cork was spectacular and our spirits were high as we neared Mizen Head,' said Fiona. 'There were some tough climbs in places particularly in the latter half of the day but sheer determination got us over them and the descent into Mizen Head was truly amazing. There were tears of joy and sadness as we were met by our families and we remembered those who were not there.'

The Bunclody group said that taking part in this fundraiser is something that they will never forget and encouraged anyone who has a Malin to Mizen cycle on their bucket-list to consider registering for the 2018 event now. All the details and information you need can be found at The Wexford Branch in particular are keen to hear from any would-be volunteers to take on the challenge and put the pedal to the metal for a great cause.

Enniscorthy Guardian