Monday 23 April 2018

Rás na nÓg the fun curtain-raiser for Rás finish in Skerries

Skerries is gearing up to host the final of the An Post Ras once again this year
Skerries is gearing up to host the final of the An Post Ras once again this year

John Manning

Skerries is preparing once again to host the finish of Ireland's most famous cycling race, the An Post Rás and this year, there are some very young aspiring riders getting in on the action.

The 67th An Post Rás reaches its climax on the streets of Skerries on Sunday, May 28 but this year there will be a supporting race called Rás na nÓg, inviting the under-sixes to pedal in front of the crowds gathered to see the Rás finish.

This is a fantastic opportunity for children under the age of six to participate in a short cycle (or scooter or tricycle) down Strand Street across the Rás Finishing Line.

Helping to launch the event recently were local children Anna, Matt and Luke Sherwin, who are actually grandchildren of a former All Ireland road racing champion, Pat Healy who raced the Rás many times during the 70s.

The Rás na nÓg kicks off a day of celebration for Skerries on May 28 at 12.30pm at the Monument, along with the annual street party.

There will be Farmer's Market stalls with home-made goodies and crafts, buskers and street entertainers and a radio roadcaster will also be present

At 2pm you are invited along to Strand Street to share in the thrills and excitement and cheer along with the crowd as the cyclists in the An Post Rás race through the town three times to the finish line battling it out for the yellow jersey in this most prestigious of races.

At around 4pm trophy presentations to the leading riders in the around Ireland race will be made by Skerries Miss Rás 2017, Katie Jackson.

Fingal Independent