“Next Saturday 24th June, a group of eight of us from Naas Cycling Club are undertaking an epic one day cycle in honour of Tom Crean. We leave Naas at 5 a.m. and cycle to Athy to visit Shackleton’s Statue and then head for Annascaul, via Limerick to hopefully arrive at Tom’s statue at 7pm. We will then retire to the South Pole Inn for recovery. The total distance is 312km or about 12 hours cycling time.”
For the second year running, eight members of Naas Cycling Club, will cycle an epic distance of 312 kilometres, in honour of Tom Crean. This year they have decided to use their endeavours as a means to raise funds for the Friends of Naas Hospital.
Leaving Naas, Co. Kildare, at 5 am, on Saturday the 24th June, the route will see the brave group firstly arrive in Athy, for a quick stop at the Shackleton Statue, outside the Heritage Centre & Museum. From here they continue onwards through Stradbally, Portlaoise, Roscrea, Nenagh, Limerick, Adare, Newcastle West, Abbeyfeale, Castleisland, Farranfore, Castlemaine and finally Annascaul, in beautiful Co. Kerry. The journey will end upon arrival at the statue of Tom Crean, that stands in the village.
“It is a tough cycle but we will have a lot more sustenance than three biscuits and a piece of chocolate.”
Peter Grady – In reference to Tom Crean’s solo march rations!
The total distance of the cycle is 312 kilometres, which the eight cyclists and a support team of two, hope to complete in around 12 hours cycling time, estimating their time of arrival in Annascaul at approximately 7 p.m.
So if you are out and about in any of the towns or villages that the team pass through, please lend them your support and encouragement!
Members of Naas Cycling Club, before departure on last year’s 312 km cycle to Annascaul, in honour of Tom Crean.