Charity the winner after Shimna event

Charity the winner after Shimna event

11 April 2018

SHIMNA Wheelers Cycling Club hosted a charity cycle aid of the Romanian Orphanage Appeal, organised by members Malachy Mulholland and John Lowry, on Saturday. 

On the day, 71 cyclists  from a number of cycling clubs, both local and from further afield, rode out into the Mournes. 

Thanks to all those  who supported the event as well as those who registered, but were unable to take part. Kudos to our sponsors who provided water, fruit and biscuits and lunch including John Hale, Joe’s Meats, Tesco, Newcastle and Spar, Aghagallon. 

An event like this does not happen without our volunteers to whom we extend a huge thanks including Marty McCourt and the motor bike marshals who kept everyone safe, our tea and 

lunch ladies and Paul McKenny for the music to get everyone on the way. 

It was great to see cyclists of all abilities attending this event with rumours of some ‘racing’ going on in the hills. Together we raised almost £900 with donations still coming in. This is a credit to both Malachy and John. Another example of the Shimna crew helping communities far and wide. 

It’s been a busy week for the Shimna Wheelers in the cycle races with the road racing season in full swing. 

For the ‘tougher’ lads in the club, the mtb enduro kicked off in Castlewellan Forest Park. Three members participated and achieved great positions in their relevant age categories. 

Eddie Hawkins was fourth in vets 40-49 year old, Aidan Hawkins took fifth in the U-21 men (17-20 year old) and Mickey Clarke was 14th in the 35-40 year old category.

Andrew Porter joined Luke for his first outing at the open road racing in Navan. You could say it was a baptism of fire, but he’s well up for the next one.

Brian headed to the Killinchy GP on Saturday and got a fifth position in the tough and testing A4 race. 

The Newry Road racing series kicks off in style this week with a 10-mile TT on the carriageway from Warrenpoint to Newry. We have a great team this year heading to the race series. We will keep you informed of how we do.

Finally, it seems the Shimna Wheelers are again branching into the sport of running. Danny O’Boyle received a time of 45mins 39secs in the Spring Lake 10k in Castlewellan Forest Park.