Lap the Lake charity fundraiser returning to Lough Derg

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Lap the Lake charity fundraiser returning to Lough Derg
L to R Veronica Plunkett, RNLI helm Eleanor Hooker, RNLI crew Doireann Kennedy, Andy Warren. Photo Credit: Mike Molamphy

After the success of last year’s event, the RNLI is once again holding the Lap the Lake fundraising cycle at Lough Derg this summer.

More than 250 cyclists took part in the inaugural ‘Lap the Lake’ last May, and its hoped that just as good a turnout will make it to this year’s event on May 6.

In what organisers hope will be a popular decision for the 2023 fundraising event, cyclists may choose between a 120km route, or a shorter 65km one.

The longer route will take participants on a full circuit of Lough Derg, giving entrants the chance to cycle through three counties, Galway, Clare, and Tipperary.

The shorter route will take cyclists to just beyond Killaloe, to a turnaround point at the Twomilegate lakeside amenity park.

Lough Derg RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager Christine O’Malley said, “it is wonderful to be able to offer people an event where they can have fun while raising funds.”

“The men and women who volunteer for the RNLI, give up their time to train and be ready for any callout on the water at any hour. Our lifeboat crew is on call all year round and ready to launch at a moment’s notice.”

“The funds raised through this cycle will go towards ensuring we can continue to save lives on Lough Derg now and in the future.”

“Every bit of kit you see and each bit of training behind our volunteer, is all made possible through fundraising. The lifeboat crew are so grateful for the support they receive and its clear to see in the job they do.”

Details on how to register to take part in the RNLI Lough Derg Charity Cycle 2023 Lap the Lake on Saturday 6 May are available on the fundraiser’s Eventbrite page here.