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Friends first boosts support for laragh race

Friends First has sponsored St Tiernan's Cycling Club and the Laragh Classic Race in Co Wicklow for the second consecutive year.

This year, the life assurance group has increased its support, which enabled the club to hold three races, including a headline event, which was open to the top riders in Ireland.

Brian O'Neill, Friends First strategic marketing director, said the business likes supporting constructive activity in the local community.

"We like the fact that cycling is an all-inclusive sport that can be enjoyed by people from all walks of life," he said.

"It doesn't matter if it's a three-year-old child learning to ride a bike or a seasoned road racer - cyclists all have the shared experience of better health through exercise and the sense of freedom that comes with seeing the world on two wheels."

The programme of races, running on Sunday, September 14, on a hilly, twisting 24km circuit around Wicklow, will consist of an A4 event, an A3 event and the show-piece Laragh Classic. This will see some of the country's best riders compete for the Laragh Classic cobble.

Friends First is one of the country's oldest Life Assurance companies, employing over 300 people and over 200,000 customers.