On Sunday last we held our final event of the year when we hosted The Halloween Howl, a tough and gruelling 28kms of mountain biking through the Glen and Meenahalla. The heavy rain left parts of the trail very wet and muddy but this only added to the challenge and enjoyment for everyone.
First to complete the one lap run was Stephen O’Sullivan with young David Keeney 2nd and Michael Gallagher in 3rd place. The two lap run proved to be a ding dong battle with Errigal CC’s Peter Mc Bride pipping our own John Boyle, aka “Zorro” to 1st place.
A special mention to our young local lads, David, Mark, Stephen & Kieran for taking on the challenge and also to Ciara and PJ Doogan who had to retire with punctures when in strong positions, Ciara being the only female cyclist to participate on the day.
Like all events it would not have been possible without everyone’s help, work and commitment. A word of thanks goes to the landowners for allowing our event to pass through their property, the Donegal Mountain Bike Club for the use of their Start/Finish kite, the Gardaí for the traffic cones and power supply at the finish area, the Community Centre for the use of the premises for the day, to those who provided food and very tasty soup and especially to the ladies for providing the usual excellent catering before and after the event which was most welcome.
A big thanks also to the Marshals and First Aiders who once again turned out in force braving the elements along the trail for 3 hours while also doing the photography. To our hard working secretary Mairead who did the timekeeping along with lots more.
Thank you to our sponsors Paddy from SIGNZ.ie for the numbers, The Co-Op in Glenties, the people at the mink farm for the wire meshing on the trail, to Gerard Curran for providing Lucozade Sport drinks, and to Cope Cycles in Dungloe for donating the prizes for the best fancy dress outfits which were won by David Keeney And our own “deer” Oliver Breslin who along with a few others completed the course in fancy dress. Rumour has it that the resident deer population has been left traumatized at the sight of one of their own tearing through the forest on a mountain bike!!
Last but not least a big thank you to the 30 riders who turned up to take on the challenge of the very successful and enjoyable Halloween Howl.
Photos from the Event are now available in our Gallery: