Lap of Lough Ree to raise funds for the RNLI

Lough Ree RNLI has launched its fifth ‘Lap of Lough Ree’, which will take place on Sunday, April 22.

The annual 85km cycle will raise funds for the life saving service in Athlone.

The route will take cyclists anti-clockwise around Lough Ree, starting and finishing at The Bounty in Athlone, with a pit-stop in Lanesborough at the north of Lough Ree.

Speaking at the launch of the Lap of Lough Ree, Sarah Bradbury, Lough Ree RNLI volunteer lifeboat press officer, said: “We are delighted with the support that the cycle has received each year and that it’s becoming a favourite in the cycling calendar. This is a relatively relaxed route for cyclists to ease themselves back into the saddle while taking in the stunning views of Lough Ree.

“Those who participate in the cycle do so knowing they are raising vital funds for Lough Ree RNLI and we would like to thank them in advance for that. Funds raised will maintain and equip our inshore lifeboat and will allow our volunteer crew to continue to train and develop their lifesaving skills so when the need arises they can help those who get into difficulty on the lake.”

Registration for the event will start at 9am on April 22 in The Bounty. The entry fee is €20.

Further information on the cycle and updates can be found at www.facebook.com/loughreernli or by emailing [email protected].

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