Dig A Crusher MD completes epic charity cycle ride.
As regular readers will know, Dig A Crusher managing director has just spent the past seven days cycling from the Northernmost to the Southernmost tip of his native Ireland to raise money for the Marie Curie Cancer Care charity. Saddle sore and weary, Sean has just sent us this message:
I finished the challenge on Friday afternoon when we reached the most southerly point of Ireland after seven tough, enjoyable and fascinating days.
I learned that what Marie Curie do is to care for patients at home when they are dying. Their family want to care for them, but the reality is when they are left on their own it is so exhausting to do this. Then the first thing to go is love. Marie Curie nurses take care of the patents and so allow the family to take care of their loved ones in their final days.
We had some amazing moments during the trip. The best one was the weather. Sunshine and a tail wind all the way. You couldn’t make it up!! Then there was the individuals including Margaret a 55-year old nurse from Waterford but now in Aberdeen who said she hadn’t been on a bike for two months because she didn’t want to injure herself before the trip!!
I also leaned that someone has made the hills in Ireland a lot steeper over the last 20 years because they were a lot harder to get over, especially the hills between Buncrana and Derry. We had early starts with wake up calls at 6.30 and were on the road for 8am. The days were longest on Monday Tuesday and Wednesday when we didn’t finish before 5pm.
But the crack was great. We went as individuals and came away as a group. 41 did it and great friendships were made along the roads. The banter with the locals was brilliant as we were shouting support to all the farmers, walkers and anyone else who gave us a sideways glance along the way!! “Come on the Banner” will ring in my head for a long time as we passed through Clare. I wouldn’t normally put the words “beautiful” and “Strabane” in the same sentence but I was amazed at the views and scenery into the town as we cycled along the wee roads from the Sperrins above.
Overall I am glad to have done it. Sometimes in life you have to give a lot to get a little back. I have just experienced that last week.
Congratulations Sean and to all your fellow riders; what a spectacular achievement.