Lower Ormond Cycling Club spinathon success

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john.ocallaghan

When the fog lifted on Borrisokane on the morning of Easter Saturday last, the Lower Ormond Cycling Club kicked off their inaugural charity Spinathon, in aid of North Tipp Hospice, Suaimhneas Cancer Care and The Irish Heart Foundation.

Spin Leaders Greg Starr and Willie Murphy led the way, guiding the LOCC through the first session at 9am, spinning out the legs and getting ready for the day ahead. The Portumna Cycling Club crossed the Shannon by bike and arrived in time for the 10am session, with University Limerick Spinning sensation Kevin Suade. At 11am, the Keeper Cycling Club took the batons and pedalled with a smile that brightened up the Fairgreen in Borrisokane, especially the youngest rider of the day Barry Wixted, who brought his own set of wheels and pedalled for the entire hour. Easter egg well deserved by Barry.

Noon saw the Wolftrap Cycling Club cycle over and take on the challenge as the sun began to heat up, although there was enough heat generated by the bikes, as the visitors from Birr took on Kevin’s Team Time Trial. At 1pm Roxy from Nenagh blew everyone away with her energy and style and rocked Borrisokane. 2pm was the return of Greg and Willie, who kept the Spinners pushing all the way to 7pm, as Borrisokane Athletic Club, followed by Aglish Village People and then Borrisokane GAA Clubs tested their legs and wits against the bikes, with regular updates of Munster’s rugby semi-final, while the screen showed the game. At 7pm Rose Riordan from University Limerick Spinning Team took over and led the last two sessions all the way to the event finale at 9pm.

Spot prizes on the day were given to some of the amazing Spinners, including John Caulfield, the oldest participant at 78 years of age.

Willie Murphy stayed all 12 hours in the saddle and worked hard, as part of his training for the Celtman Extreme Triathlon in June. LOCC would like to thank Willie and wish him the best of luck in his training and the race. They would also like to thank all of the clubs that came and supported the event: Portumna CC, Keeper CC, Wolftrap CC, North Tipp Wheelers, Borrisokane Athletic Club, Borrisokane FC, Borrisokane GAA, Aglish Village People, Lorrha Community and all of the fantastic locals and families that came, pedalled and donated. A huge thank you to the event sponsors, The Green Bar, University Limerick Spinning Team and Sports Arena, Atlas Graphics, Milne Foods, Joe Murphy,

An amazing €4,300 was raised and will be split evenly between the two charities. This is absolutely fantastic and was only possible with the teamwork and effort by all the members of the Lower Ormond Cycling Club. Unbelievable work by everyone, on the lead up to the day but especially during the crazy 12 hour event. Such a fun and vibrant party atmosphere at Fairgreen and everyone is asking when the next event is.

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