No this is not another Ultra I have signed up for but is nevertheless a long distance event that fellow Eagle AC club mate, Charlie Byrd (not the TV guy), is commencing this week - 2,000 kms or thereabouts. Charlie along with fellow cyclist Fergal Quinlan will set out on their bikes from their homes in Cork and join up with about 23 other cyclists as they converge on Rosslare, next Saturday evening for the overnight ferry to France and back on the bike for a short spin to Rome. Charlie's not just doing this for the good of his health, although he is prone to setting himself some daunting challenges for no other reason than "Why Not?" - a man after my own heart.
Charlie is fundraising for local Cancer charities ARC Cancer Support and Marymount Hospice, which provide much needed support to cancer patients and their families at a very stressful time in their lives. Charlie will be using his own resources to travel to and from Rome (I suspect the trip home will be via a more comfortable mode of transport) so all money raised will go directly to the charities. So if you would like to support Charlie in his fund raising endeavours please visit Fergal's fund raising page here and donate a few bob. You can follow their progress on the event facebook page here. All the best Charlie!
|Charlie (No. 44) in Action in Portumna 50k 2013 with other Eagle stalwart Denis Looney (No. 31)|