A Moydow woman is preparing to cycle the length of the country for a good cause.
Elaine McDermott will be participating in the CROSS Rugby Legends Cycle from Mizen Head in Cork to Malin Head in Donegal, which is headed by former Irish rugby internationals, Paul, Richard, and David Wallace.
“I used to play rugby with Longford Ladies, so I would’ve followed their careers,” Elaine said, before going on to explain that the money raised will be chiefly used to fund research into esophageal and stomach cancer, although investigations into cancer of the breast, colon, and lungs will also benefit.
“My uncle, Owen McDermott, died from cancer, so that’s why I’m doing it,” she added. “
When you get the chance to help others, you just do it.”
Starting out from Mizen Head this Saturday, September 6, Elaine and the other cyclists taking part in the event will travel a total of 745 kilometres (538 miles) before reaching Malin Head on Friday, September 10.
“On the first and final days, we’ll cover around 50 or 55 miles, but on the other days we’ll be doing around 100 miles,” she revealed.
Elaine, who is a keen, cyclist says she is well prepared for the challenge.
“I finished playing rugby two years ago, so I’ve been cycling since then to keep fit, and I took part in the An Post Series earlier this year.”
Fundraising is essential in order to take part in the cycle, with entrants required to raise €1,500 each.
“I’ve gotten people to fill out sponsorship cards, and I’ve done a few other things, too,” Elaine said.
“I recently organised an evening at the community hall inMoydow where I served refreshments to people after Mass, and I managed to raise €600 by doing that. I also took part in a 5k run and collected sponsorship from people for doing that.
And with just days to go until she sets off, Elaine admitted she has reached the fundraising target, but isn’t stopping there.
“People are hearing about what I’m doing and are still donating money,” she added.