Portlaoise duo’s take on charity cycle

Two unemployed Portlaoise men have come up with a novel way to ease their boredom.

Two unemployed Portlaoise men have come up with a novel way to ease their boredom.

Martin Breen and Mark Bradley will depart on Sunday on a sponsored cycle around Ireland in aid of Enable Ireland.

“We’re both unemployed and bored and wanted to do something productive,” Mark explains.

Martin says the inspiration about what to do came from his family.

“Three of my cousins have Cerebal Palsy, so we decided to cycle around Ireland for Enable Ireland. We plan to cycle just over 1,000 kilometres in 16 days. This means cycling between 70 and 100 kilometres each day,” he said.

The duo claim they have always been into outdoor sports and are amateur cyclists.

“We’ve been in training for the last six weeks. We’ve been in the gym working on our legs and core and doing spin classes and just constantly cycling,” Martin explains.

Their proposed route well see them depart from Lethean’s Bar, Portlaoise on Sunday and travel to Kilkenny, where they will spend their first night. From there they will travel to Waterford-Midleton-Clonakilty-Bantry-Killarney-Listowel-Lahinch-Salthill-Westport-Ballina-Carrick on Shannon-Athlone and back to Portlaoise. A total of 1027km, all going according to plan.

As it will be just the two of them making the trip, the two Portlaoise men have been trying to secure free accommodation along their route.

“We’ve five nights out of the fourteen secured and we’re trying to find more. Another option we’re exploring is to get someone to follow us in a car or van. They would be able to carry tents and food with them and this would seriously cut down on the expenses.”

Initially the boys had set themselves the challenge of raising €2,000, but they have already surpassed this figure and raised €3,500 and hope to raise more along the way.

“We’ll be doing another street collection in Portlaoise on Friday and we’re hoping to get permits to collect in Waterford and Galway.”

Martin says his family are delighted that he has chosen Enable Ireland to raise money for.

The duo have also set up a mycharity web page and if anyone would support Mark and Martin ,they can do so at http://www.mycharity.ie/event/martin__marks_1000k_challenge.