Radio Kerry Ring of Kerry Cycle 2009 - 4th July 2009. Olympian to provide On-Line Support to Participants

Radio Kerry Ring of Kerry Cycle 2009 - 4th July 2009. Olympian to provide On-Line Support to Participants

03 March 2009

The Radio Kerry Ring of Kerry Cycle, now in its 26th year, is the biggest one day charity fundraising event in Munster, raising vital funds for Kerry based Charities with thousands of cyclists from all over Ireland cycling 112 miles of the spectacular Ring of Kerry.  Today it was announced that Olympian and Killarney native Gillian O'Sullivan will be contributing to the official website of the event which will take place this year on Saturday 4th July. 

The website, which was launched at the start of the year, will be a useful aid for participants as they improve their fitness level for the Cycle.  Gillian,  who runs her own successful Personal Training Business in Cork, will be giving on-line hints and tips every month, on where people should be in their training schedule, advice on exercise and diets and lots of help for the thousands of participating cyclists, including a Question & Answer section.

This week, Gillian met with the Committee and some of the participating cyclists to announce the partnership "I'm delighted to be working with the Cycle Committee on this.  The aim is to give helpful hints and tips during the build up to the event to ensure that there will be less aches and pains and lots more happy, fun filled memories for everyone on completion of the cycle. Having completed the cycle myself in 2007 and meeting many of the cyclists participating on the day I know the importance of proper preparation so that the 112 miles are much easier and enjoyable on the day."

The Committee, led by Chairman Tim O'Brien are pleased to report very strong interest with participating cyclists already, since the launch of this year's event last month.  PRO Cathal Walsh stated "We have well over 300 cyclists already signed up, which is extremely strong this early on in the year and every day more entrants are being accepted through our website and by post.  Interesting as well is that we are getting entrants from all over Ireland - with a particularly strong number coming from Cork, Dublin, Wicklow and Waterford."

To date the Ring of Kerry Cycle has raised over €3 million for Kerry Charities and in support of this massive fundraising initiative, the Radio Kerry Community Fund, a fund that was set up by Radio Kerry, is the event sponsor and is working with the Committee to encourage more people to participate and fundraise for the various nominated Kerry Charities.  For 2009 the Kerry Charities nominated are:- Rockmount Alzheimer Daycare Centre; Kerry Rape & Sexual Abuse Centre; Irish Society for Autism - Kerry Branch; Footsteps Down Syndrome; Rathmore Social Action Group and Order of Malta Ireland - Killarney Branch.

For the thousands of people interested in participating in the actual cycle and fundraising for these Kerry Charities, registration forms are available on line on the new website