Over 450 cyclists compete in super Tour of South Derry

Janice Reid, Patrick O'Gready, Chris Wilson and Wendy Fleming ready for the off at the Carn Wheelers Tour of South Derry in aid of MacMillan Cancer Care.
Janice Reid, Patrick O'Gready, Chris Wilson and Wendy Fleming ready for the off at the Carn Wheelers Tour of South Derry in aid of MacMillan Cancer Care.

Over the years the Tour of South Derry organisation committee have honed this charity event into a very popular cycle run.

This year we again intended to adhere to our winning formula (Stick strictly to cycling, plan a safe but challenging route, marshal it well, feed and reward the participants with a memento of the day).

And so with months of preparation behind us, the club once again hosted a very successful Tour of South Derry. The weather played its part, and over 450 cyclist took to the roads, helping to raise much needed funding for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Thanks to all the cyclists who turned up on the day to join in on this event. As you read this, you might be feeling tired, legs feeling a bit sore after pushing hard out the Moneymore Road,or struggling up the Lough Brae.

If so, remember, in all likelihood, you will recover in a day or two. But spare a thought for those unfortunate people who suffer everyday and whose recovery is not guaranteed - the people that Macmillan Cancer Support do so much to help. Your donation and efforts today are greatly appreciated by Macmillan and we guarantee that every penny of your entry fees goes to Macmillan.

Also thanks to the Macmillan staff themselves who assisted us with registrations, catering and ensuring all cyclists were well accommodated.

Thanks to the Magherafelt GAA club for the use of their facilities and for the folks who helped with car parking, marshalling etc.

Thanks to the ambulance crew who were on-hand if needed, fortunately they were not called into duty.

Thanks to the Carn Wheeler club members, and others, who helped out with registration, marshalling, catering, broom wagon and general support.

Thanks to the ladies who spent all Saturday morning preparing the sandwiches (a tough few hours buttering!).

And a huge debt of gratitude to Mickey Donnelly who, as in previous years, was the driving force and organisational principal behind the ToSD. Well done Mickey.

The final amount raised by the Tour of South Derry is yet to be counted. We will, as per previous years, have a formal presentation of the money raised to Macmillan, so watch this space.