SOFT Cycle Sat 9th September 2017 Circumnavigation of Lough Derg
In challenging weather conditions 60 Cyclists set out from the University of Limerick’s Outdoor Activity Centre on the shore of Lough Derg at Two Mile Gate at 9 am to complete the circumference of Lough Derg. For some of the more inexperienced it did certainly feel like The Lough Derg Pilgrimage!
Led by a Garda Escort and experienced Bike Marshals we passed through the villages of Tuamgraney, Scariff, Mountshannon and Whitegate before reaching Portumna for our mid morning food break in the Ferry Inn where the sandwiches and brownies went down a treat.
After a suitable rest break we then proceeded through Terryglass, Coolbaun and Puckaun and on
to Nenagh for the steep climb to the scenic look – out at Portroe. Here we had time to view the majestic lake before heading to Ballina to cross the bridge at Killaloe. With home in sight we sprinted out to the Activity Centre where we got the aroma of a chicken curry waiting for us all.
The first participants were home just after 1pm with the tail end arriving around 3pm – all back safe.
An enjoyable afternoon was had by all remembering the beautiful sights we witnessed through out
our 123 Km. journey.
We gathered for a presentation to John Sheridan in memory of his late wife Rhona who took part in
our first cycle 14 years ago and only recently joined all our Angles in Heaven.
Our Cycle was in memory of Rhona who was a nurse with “Jack & Jill” who are close to all our hearts
and we helped to raise much needed funds for SOFT .
SOFT were well represented by K. Doyle and D. Martin from Meath who did not even break a sweat.
We are delighted to announce the first Cycle for SOFT will take place on September 9th, 2017. The inaugural event is a Tour of Lough Derg for up to 200 cyclists. This beautiful, scenic tour will be a joy for cyclists and a great fundraiser for S.O.F.T. Registration is just €25. Register here: http://bit.ly/cycleforso