Thursday 23 May 2019

Sportive's €1,000 for Hope Centre

Eddie Kelly, Rosbercon, Aiden McGuire, Slieverue, Liam Brett, Waterford and Tom McGee, Taghmon
Eddie Kelly, Rosbercon, Aiden McGuire, Slieverue, Liam Brett, Waterford and Tom McGee, Taghmon

The staff from the Brandon House Hotel leisure centre organised a sportive in memory of Bernadette Kelly, raising more than €1,000 for the Hope Centre in Enniscorthy.

Bernadette received great support from the Hope Centre prior to her death, aged 56 in March 2016. Her daughter Laura, who is the leisure centre supervisor, organised the charity cycle, which saw three groups set out from the Brandon House Hotel; two travelling an 80k route, (the Espresso and Cappuccino groups) and another group (The Cookie Eaters), travelling on a 60km route. The bigger cycle took in Ballycullane, Saltmills, Fethard-on-Sea, Hook Lighthouse, Duncannon and Ballyhack Hill (which has a 9 per cent gradient), before returning to New Ross and the Cookie Eaters did most of the same route, except they avoided Hook Lighthouse, Ballyhack Hill and Fethard-on-Sea.

Laura, who is a keen triathlon and duathlon athlete, said the cyclists were lucky to avoid Storm Hannah, which swept across the county the previous night. 75 cyclists participated in the cycle in memory of Bernadette having been allocated to one of three separate groups based on the speed they would be travelling at.

Laura said: 'The day was brilliant. Over €1,000 was raised in aid of the Hope cancer support services. My Mam used the centre when she was sick. We decided to do the sportive as both Martin Mizgajski and I are big into cycling.'

Laura won her first duathlon in Clonmel recently and is being trained by Martin.

She thanked her family and her mother's friends for helping out by making sandwiches and the staff and management at the Brandon House Hotel for feeding the cyclists with healthy food and cake after the sportive. She also thanked Future Nutrition who sponsored Little Dragon pre workout shots and John Flood of Flood's Centra in Ramsgrange for providing bananas for everyone.

Laura said the Hope Centre provides a great range of support services for people suffering from, and bereaved by cancer. She plans to run the sportive again next year, saying she hopes even more people will turn out and support the event then.

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