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Rotarians cycle the length of Ireland for charity

Published: 6 Aug 2014 17:300 comments

A TEAM of four Rotarians returned ‘tired but happy’ from an arduous 400-mile cycling journey down the length of Ireland.

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The group, who are members of either Bracknell or Loddon Vale Rotary clubs. rode the 424-mile route of the country in just eight days to raise money for the British Heart Foundation and Sebastian’s Action Trust.

Starting in Mallin Head, the group, all aged between 55 and 68, cycled up to 70 miles a day to reach the finish-line at the country’s most Southerly point, Mizen Head, on Tuesday last week.

Dave Donaldson, from Wokingham, who is secretary of Bracknell Rotary Club, said: “I am delighted to say the ride was a great success and our sense of achievement is high, especially after completing the two 70-mile days.”

Completing the ride alongside Mr Donaldson were Pete Boon, John Hammond and Glenn Rothwell, whose own experiences made choosing which charity to support an easy decision.

Former Wildridings School headteacher Mr Donaldson, the oldest cyclist of the four at 68 years old, said: “Everyone you speak to has some story of someone they know with a heart problem, or of someone who has died, so of course we support the British Heart Foundation.”

Mr Hammond, whose father died following a heart attack two years ago, said: “The foundation is important to me, I want to ensure money is in place to ensure further developments in heart disease cures and prevention can be realised.”

The group hopes to raise £10,000 from sponsorship between them following the challenge with any money raised being split equally between the Heart Foundation and Sebation’s Action Trust which provides support to families with seriously ill children across the area.

Mr Donaldson has managed to raise £1,000 himself so far, and hopes he and his fellow cyclists will reach their high target: “The easy part is doing the cycle ride,” he said: “The hardest part is raising money for our two great charities.”

To sponsor Mr Donaldson, visit www.bmyscharity.com/davedonaldson.

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