Barrow Wheelers – Malin Head to Hook Head – 500km in a day

Best of luck to the Barrow crew taking on 500km in a day on August 9/10th. Join them for the last few kms to the Hook next Sunday.

“Come join us from New Ross to the Hook. Meeting in the Dunbrody car park at 12pm. Cost adults €15 juveniles €10 each cyclist will receive a €5 voucher for hook head for BBQ,tea,coffee, scones you name it. Get the family to meet us in hook for BBQ, Music, Bouncy Castles, Games, Facepainting…… 🙂 p.s this is a controlled pace cycle”


Volunteers to cycle 500K in 20 hours in aid of cancer support charity Aoibheann’s Pink Tie

 June 2014: Model Pippa O’Connor along with Minister for Health Leo Varadkar helped launch the500k in One Day challenge this morning with a group of volunteers who aim to complete a 500K cycle from Ireland’s most North Westerly point, Malin Head in County Donegal to the country’s most South Easterly point, Hook Head in Co Wexford, in One Day! The challenge, entitled 500k in a Day, has never been completed by amateur cyclists in this short time frame before and aims to raise much needed funds for Aoibheann’s Pink Tie – a charity which supports families of children battling cancer in Ireland. 

Supported by Dublin’s Marker Hotel on Grand Canal Quay, the challenge will take place on Saturday 9th August and will see a group of 10 volunteers gear up for what will be a grueling cycle ride over a 24 hour period – each will cycle the entire distance. The cycle will see the group climbing 3,700 meters – the equivalent of a queen stage of the Tour de France. The day will see 108,000 pedal revolutions, 180,000 heart beats and each cyclist will burn over 12,000 calories – this is the equivalent of 60 cans of coke or 55 mars bars! The average person consumes 2,000 calories per day. Each of the 9 riders will consume 15 liters of water, 10 bananas, 12 energy gels, eight chocolate bars and eat 52 meals between them in order to get through the challenge. 

Founded in July 2010 Aoibheann’s Pink Tie was started by Jimmy Norman and his family from Dunboyne after they lost their little girl Aoibheann (aged 8) to a rare form of cancer four years ago. Jimmy met with a lot of parents going through the trauma of having a child with cancer, and more specifically identified with the financial burden that inevitably follows diagnosis. To date the charity has raised in excess of €200,000 in funds to allow the families to focus on their wellbeing, their support of each other, and the treatment and recovery of their child by assisting with costs such as petrol, travel, bills etc.  Full information the charity can be viewed at the charity’s websitewww.aoibheannspinktie.ie, or on their Facebook page.  

Speaking about the grueling excursion, Jimmy said “This is a huge challenge to drive awareness and much needed funds for families with children undergoing cancer treatment across Ireland. We are calling on the public to give whatever they can to support us. Aoibheann’s Pink Tie is a relatively small charity but provides practical help to the families of children who are being treated for Cancer. Having gone through the experience of having a terminally ill child, myself and my family wanted to do something to assist other families financially with respite and home help including sibling and peer support, travel to and from hospitals, clothing, laundry, and food etc. These are an absolute necessity to overcome a huge burden for parents who have to endure the nightmare of watching their child battle cancer.”

You can donate to support the 500k in a Day challenge by texting the word ‘Aoibheann’ to 50300* to donate €2   or visit our iDonate page at http://www.idonate.ie/mobile/fundraiser/29158_500k-in-a-day.html

Family fun day