Lap de Lough brings in more funds for disability sport in NI

A CHEQUE for over £2,400 (right) has been presented following the Freewheelers ‘Lap de Lough’ annual charity cycle tour.

The funds were raised at the event organised by Gerry Heverin from Kinning Cycle Club, which took place in August, when close to 200 cyclists from the all over the province left Antrim to make their way around the UK and Ireland`s biggest lough.

The cyclists, on the 28th anniversary of the event, passed through Antrim, Randalstown, Toome, Ballyronan, Portadown and Lurgan, then conquering Ahgalee Hill on their way to Crumlin before returning to Antrim, to complete the 78 mile circuit.

Certificates were presented at the finish in Antrim to all who completed the race.

Event organiser Gerry Heverin said: “We are very grateful to all the cyclists who took on this challenge in order to help develop disability sport in our province.”

The entire route was patrolled by moto marshalls, kindly provided and sponsored by NIMEG, the Northern Ireland moto marshall escort group and refreshments were handed out to all cyclists who reached Derrytresk GAA club.

All funds raised by the event will go towards further developing sports for the disabled in Northern Ireland, such as wheelchair basketball, wheelchair tennis, and trackchair racing.

These sports are enjoyed by many disabled people from all sections of our community.

The organisers from Kinning Cycling Club would like to thank the sponsors, the hard working service crews, the moto marshalls, the catering team at Derytresk GAA club, the Freewheelers’ willing volunteers and to all who kindly contributed, for without their assistance it would not be possible to stage this highly popular event.

The cycle tour was once again a great success and is already being planned for next year at the start of August 2018.

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