Sunday, May 6, 2012

"Run Cycle Run"

A massive well done to all Sligo AC members who participated in today’s third Boyle Charity Duathlon. Following on from the success of last years event the 2012 Duathlon proved to be a bigger and better Challenge. Lough Key Forest Park is an ideal location for multi-sport events with its beautiful scenery and full compliment of amenities which is no wonder the crowds just keep getting bigger and bigger each year. The weather really did shine for all and both competitors and supporters made the best of the Bank Holiday Break. Also a big thank you to the organisers of the event as a lot of work went in to the staging of the Duathlon and they deserve all the credit and thanks from all who took part. The Duathlon also raised a lot of money for their chosen charity which this year was "The Ciara Grehan Foundation" in association with Ability West, so again well done to all concerned. The event consisted of a 5K run followed by a 20K Cycle and finishing with a punishing 2.5K run but the weather, scenery and fantastic support made it all the easier. The organisers left nothing to chance and organised a family day out as bouncy castles, children’s obstacle course, face painting and other activities were all planed in conjunction with the duathlon. I have no doubt this event will grow in popularity every single year as it was plain to be seen this afternoon from the competitors faces that this now will be a regular calendar event for all. Also Congratulations to all Sligo AC Members who participated in this weekends Tour Of Sligo events. Again the weather really was on the cyclist’s side and everyone should be proud to have participated in such a challenging event. The Family day proved to be an enjoyable and leisurely cycle on the Saturday before the endurance riders hit the roads in the 60K, 100K and enormous 160K. A well deserved break from the saddle now as the decisions are made to see what is the next challenge that awaits to be tackled.

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