Early on the morning of Saturday 20 May 2017, 16 members and friends of Falkirk Round Table and the Larbert and Falkirk 41 Club set off for Ireland to begin their next challenge. Springfords employee, Findlay Paul, was part of the challenge, cycling from Malin Head, the most northerly point in Ireland, to Mizen, the most southern. The team included 13 cyclists and 3 support drivers with 2 new mini-buses kindly supplied by Arnold Clark and one bicycle trailer supplied by Larbert High School.
Travelling made the first day a long one however the cycle was short. Lunch was had at Ireland’s highest pub before the cycling started; a short 34 mile route from Malin Head to the first hotel.
Day 2 was the first of the long cycling days, 116 miles, to a lovely restored house on the edge of a town called Longford. Pizza was ordered as the hotel was hosting a large function for the locals. Bagpipes were produced from the back of a guest’s car when Findlay mentioned they were Scottish. A nice gesture but more practice was required!
Limerick was the destination for the third day, a cycle of 105 miles. The support drivers were a fantastic help shopping for supplies and arranging lunch and coffee stops. Home baking, supplied by Findlay’s wife, was also enjoyed along the route.
The last of the long cycling days was 102 miles from Limerick to Bantry.
The final day was a short but hilly cycle, with spectacular views, to the finish line at Mizen. 20 metres before the line, excitement got too much and the policemen and undertaker members of the group collided in the first fall of the trip. Thankfully, nobody was injured. Fortunately, along with one early puncture, this was the only known incident.
After numerous pictures, in various charity and sponsors’ cycling tops, the group headed off on the long drive to Dublin. On arrival, they were disappointed to find that the B&B had sold all of the rooms to other guests and had arranged alternative accommodation for them slightly out of town. They were all concerned but then delighted to see the new accommodation was in a large old house, restored in a very modern and dramatic style.
The cycle was in aid of two cancer charities (one for the girls and one for the boys), Breast Cancer Now and Prostate Scotland. To date over £18,000 has been raised by the cyclists and friends, £21,000 including gift aid, the target is £25,000. In total 385 miles were cycled.
The team would like to thank everyone involved including, including Springfords Chartered Accountants, one of their sponsors.