Cyclists get in gear for this year's La Ruta del Murrintowneo

By Amy Lewis

Published 09/07/2016 | 00:00

Ciaran Sheridan, Colm Neville, Stephen Carr, Michael Ward, Kevin Cronin, David Curtis and Donal O'Keeffe.
Ciaran Sheridan, Colm Neville, Stephen Carr, Michael Ward, Kevin Cronin, David Curtis and Donal O'Keeffe.
Eoin Sinnott and Luke Whitty.
Damien Cahill, Dave Curtis, John Somers, Paddy Kehoe and Majella Murphy.
Andrew and Rory Caldicott.
Paul and Julie McLoughlin.
Joe Ferris, Majella Lambert and Mary Cogley.

All roads led to Hook Head when a huge crowd of people got the wheels in motion for the La Ruta del Murrintowneo event in aid of three good causes.

The sunshine lit up the route for the cyclists, who kicked off the route in the early morning after fuelling up with some free tea and porridge provided by the event organisers. While some of the younger children took part in a 5km cycle, others challenged themselves to pedal along the 40km or 100km route along the Wexford coast.

Despite some rain and wet roads later in the afternoon, it was a smooth and safe cycle for all involved. Marshals were present at various locations along the route to make sure that the day went off without a hitch.

All of the cyclists were eventually reunited at Hook Head where they enjoyed burgers from the barbecue, mugs of tea and a well-deserved sit down following the final uphill climb to reach the finish line.

The 5km, 40km and 100km cycling event is an annual occasion that was set up to spread community spirit and raise funds for local causes. This year's event was in aid of Murrintown School, community centre and Wexford hospice. The total amount raised on the day has yet to be finalised.

Despite taking place on the same day as Ireland's Euro 2016 match against France, the event received a large turnout of people of all ages and abilities. Following the cycle and barbecue, many of the cyclists finished off the afternoon by watching the match on the big screen at Hook Head.

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