Clane gets set for 25th Christmas Cycle

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Clane gets set for 25th Christmas Cycle

Charles O’Neill and Tom Moore at the Clane Cycle last Christmas

Preparations are being made for the 25th annual Christmas Day Clane Cycle.

The event has consistently raised between €10,000 and €20,000 every year for worthy causes.

Started in 1991 by Fergal Lee, the cycle has run every Christmas morning, regardless of weather conditions.

In more recent years it has been run by Carmel and Seamus O'Leary.

The route has changed of the years, but it's never terribly long, usually comfortably completed in less than an hour by most.

And every year, approximately 160 people turn up to the GAA club in Clane to take part - often in fancy or seasonal dress.

Charities who have benefitted include St. Brigid's Hospice and the Wheelchair Association.

There is, organiser Niamh O'Doherty explained, an emphasis on keeping the funds raised by Clane people, in Clane.

Registration opens at 9.30 on Christmas morning and the cycle starts at 10.30. Refreshments will be served.