Castleisland’s biggest, single day fundraising venture, The Longest Day Event is gearing up for its second coming. The brainchild of Denny Greaney, Gerry Fagan and Tom McCarthy, the June date is being eagerly awaited by Castleisland’s horde of fitness fanatics.
For those not in the know, it is a cycle and climb event run over the course of one day on the 20th of June.
This year’s chosen beneficiaries are: The Jack and Jill Foundation, a charity which helps families with sick children under the age of four.
The Cliffords from Currow were one such family and that was the main reason why the charity was picked this year.
“Kerry Mountain Rescue are also benefiting from the day as we were very dependant on their help and advice on the day last year.
The day itself consists of a 40km cycle to Carrauntouhil, a climb of the mountain itself and then the 40km cycle back to Castleisland,” said event spokesman, Tom McCarthy at the launch on Monday evening.
“It sounds daunting but it is very much a fun day out and it is not a race. Everyone will be helping and encouraging everyone else along. A total of 174 people braved the mountain and the trip last year and, of that number, 84 did both the cycle and climb. So, if cycling is not for you, you can still sign up and do the climb. A certain level of fitness is required for both so there is plenty of time to dust off the bike and walking boots,” said Tom.
The dedicated committee involved in organising such an event are working hard to make sure the day goes as smoothly as possible and the registration is taking place on Wednesday the 15th April at Tom McCarthy’s Bar, Castleisland from 6pm to 10pm.
“It’s important that everyone registers personally on that night as all entries are non refundable and more importantly, non transferable. It is an over 18’s event and there is a minimum of €50 return on the sponsorship card. Registration is €30 and will include a T-shirt plus goodie bags. Refreshments will be also be supplied on the day,” according to Tom.
Last year’s event saw a large crowd gathered at Tom McCarthy’s Bar to welcome home the cyclists and climbers and the now infamous ‘Bikes and Boots BBQ’ will be happening again this year with live music and a spectacular barbecue. This will be followed by a disco ‘till late.
“Numbers will be limited again this year so come early on the registration night. It is an event not to be missed as it is a great cause and definitely one to be crossed off the Bucket list.
A total of €20,300 was raised on the day last year for the children’s charity, Bumbleance, a special child friendly ambulance service for sick children. We would like to thank all our sponsors that gave so generously to support the day and it wouldn’t have been possible without them,” the spokesman concluded.
For further information contact: Denny Greaney: 086 19 59 713 or Gina : 087 68 69 796.