What are you planning for the coming weekend? Is it going to be a restful, relaxing
and sleepy weekend? Or are you planning something more strenuous? Are you planning
a bit of gardening? That lawn needs cutting again and you have been planning to clean
up the place a bit and now it is time to do it? Or are you going to go to Morgan
Athletic Grounds in Armagh and do nothing more strenuous than shout a few times at
a referee to see where he got his glasses and recommend specsavers? On the way home
and at the bar afterwards you tell everyone how the game could have been won and
who should be left at home and who should be getting his place? Then when Monaghan
wins you will have to admit that McEneaney did what you suggested.
Well there are many ways of spending the weekend and everyone will make their own
decisions. However a group of cyclists will take on one massive challenge for this
weekend and they deserve our best wishes for success. They leave Emyvale at 6am on
Friday morning and cycle all the way to Westport in County Mayo. Now that is a 150
mile journey and they will be tired and drained by the time they reach their destination.
You might expect then that they will rest all day on Saturday - not a chance - instead
they will climb Croagh Patrick and come down again. Then on Sunday they will cycle
all the way back again - another 150 miles. Well they have to as they have to get
home for work on Monday and they did not take the car.
That journey home will be tough and the closer one gets to home the more difficult
it will be. There will be blisters where there were never blisters before and there
will be aching muscles where they never knew there were muscles.
But they know what they are taking on and they are looking forward to the challenge.
It is the cyclists marathon run. We wish them well. They include in no particular
order: Patsy McQuillan; Fergus Murray; George McCarron; Phonsie McQuaid; Tommy Martin;
Barry Cassidy; Mark Skeath; Gabriel Bell; Eugene McKenna; Dennis Kelly; Patrick Deery;
Gerard Sherry; Kevin Treanor; Pat Noonan; Kieran Morris; James Gribbon; Darragh McKenna;
John Kelly; John Doran; Gerry Ward; Jonathan McKenna; Aidan McDonald; Mickey Corrigan
and Jack McKenna. The Back-up team is Fergal Hughes, Mickey McKenna, and Ann McQuillan.