Cornmarket to Castle Report

Sunday 17th of June, Father’s Day, saw many Dad’s giving up their ’lie in’ to enjoy Western Lake’s Family Fun Cycle, Cornmarket in Ballinrobe to Ashford Castle in Cong.  In total over 50 children and adults signed up for what turned out to be a fabulous Mayo Summer’s Day.   Everyone met at the cycling centre on the Kilmaine Road for sign on, and once tyres were pumped and high viz jackets in place the group moved down to the official start under the club arch in the Cornmarket.

The route took the group along quiet country roads to the front gates of Ashford Castle.  After passing through the gates, the group proceeded along the drive and into the castle grounds.  Light snacks and refreshments were provided on the pier in front of the castle.  After about 45 minutes of rest and relaxation, that included everyone being entertained by a lucky fisherman who made his catch of the day by landing a huge fish, the group returned to Ballinrobe along a different route again on quiet country roads.

Once back in Ballinrobe all participants were rewarded with a well earned burger in Johno’s, at the Cornmarket.

All age groups were represented, with quite a number of young cyclists managing the route and those that were too young to cycle were transported in buggys and tag-a-longs so they did not miss out on the fun.  The young cyclists were supported and encouraged by club members and the occasional lift in the club van was on hand as and when required.

The weather was fantastic and the road was kind with no punctures reported.

The day was a great success with the event being well organised.  Club members were involved in all aspects of the day, from organisation to the marshalling, and most importantly to supporting and encouraging the future cycling generation.

The day was made possible by a grant from Mayo Sports Partnership in conjunction with Bike Week, local sponsorship from town businesses, time and input from club members and of course the children and families who joined us for the day.