Group gear up to set new record

Published 17/09/2016 | 00:00

Bernard in training for the big challenge.
Bernard in training for the big challenge.

A group of friends from Rosslare will endeavour to clock up some extra miles in an ambitious 36-hour charity cycle in Hotel Rosslare this month.

Organised by Rosslare resident Bernard Minnock, the stationary cycle will kick off on September 30 and roll on into the early hours of October 1, with each of the eight cyclists jumping in the saddle for an hour at a time. Though the team will never leave the building, it is sure to be a tough physical challenge as they are aiming to beat the record they set in Rosslare 12 years ago.

'I did a cycle in Rosslare Harbour in 2004 and the record back then was 779 miles. We are hoping to beat it this year. We don't have a number in mind as of yet,' he said.

Bernard will join with Sandra Clampet, Michael Clampet, Aaron Walsh, Aoife Minnock, Katie Minnock, Roisin Minnock and Mick Connolly for the challenge. They are also seeking support from anyone who is willing to hop on a bike and take part.

'It's Good to Talk do some great work and I know of a good few people who have passed away through suicide so we decided to fundraise for them,' said Bernard. 'We also chose MarineWatch as they are a local group depending on people like ourselves to fundraise.'

The hotel will be a hub of activity for the whole weekend as the group have also organised a Karaoke night in the hotel on Friday night,. However, though he has been getting himself in gear for the cycle in the last few weeks, Bernard doesn't plan to tune up his vocal chords for a performance.

'I couldn't sing to save my life!' he laughed.

A coffee morning and cake sale on Saturday morning is sure to provide some much-needed fuel to the participants, in addition to serving as a community event. From 4.30 p.m., there will be a music session in Portholes Bar in Hotel Rosslare, while Elvis will hit the stage at 10.30 p.m. to end the event with style.

Wexford People

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