Mary home after finishing second lap
Arklow woman Mary Nolan Hickey arrived home to a big welcome on Sunday after completing her second Lap of the Map to fundraise and raise awareness for the RNLI.
Speaking to the Wicklow People, Mary said 'I feel great. Tired, but it went really well.'
During her journey, she returned to every RNLI station she had visited during her first lap when she ran. 'It was lovely to go back and as I was cycling, I had more time and wasn't as exhausted.'
Mary raised €8,000 for this second lap which brings the total for both laps up to around €80,000 raised for the RNLI and 'my intention is to continue to the €100,000 target.'
Mary cycled for 250 hours going south and travelled 3,000 km around the coast of Ireland over 51 days. She continued by thanking her back-up team in Arklow saying 'they did the hard work behind the scenes and have done a fantastic job.' She extended her thanks to everyone who supported her including Paul Delaney of P Delaney and Sons Bike Shop who supplied the bike Mary used for her journey. Joe's Bike Shop in Arklow has donated a bike which Mary will raffle to raise funds for the RNLI. She also expressed her gratitude to local businesses and everyone for their support.
'It was lovely to get around safely in one piece.' said Mary. 'It was challenging but it went better than I hoped. There were some tough days due to strong winds which are a cyclist's worst nightmare. I only had one puncture and I'm delighted that there weren't more technical difficulties during the lap.'