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Memorable Achievement For Omagh St Endas.
The sight in Omagh town on Saturday evening was awesome as 155 cyclists in black and white snaked their way through our streets after completing a massive 165 mile trip from Galway to Healy Park.
It was a weekend never to forget for cyclists, family and supporters – it literally brought a tear to many eyes for its sense of achievement and scale of numbers.
The weekend of July 1-2, 2010, will never be forgotten in St. Enda’s. It was the culmination of many months of planning, hard training in awful conditions and then it all came right over a magical 48 hours and to top it off, the sun shone brightly for all to help us bask in a weekend of glory.
Our fourth annual cycle event started at the Salthill-Knocknacarra GAA club in Galway at 9am on Friday 1st July. The scene of our cyclists flowing along the Salthill Promenade then through Galway was inspirational and it set everyone up for a memorable 94 miles run on Day one. On Day Two, with the sun now breaking through, the weary limbs made light work climbing out of Sligo and along the foot of Ben Bulben. After brief stops in Bundoran and then Kesh, the road was now clear for the home bound journey to Omagh.
With more and more people beginning to line the route into town, nothing prepared us for the reception we were to receive at Gormley Motors. But the most memorable part was still to come.
With a police escort, we headed down the Dromore road and weaved our way along the Great Northern Road, Campsie, Market Street, Gortin Road and then – GOAL – Healy Park.
What was supposed to be a 153 mile journey actually clocked in at 165 with diversions in Galway, Sligo and homecoming circuits adding to the tally but at the end of it all our cyclists would have happily cycled on with little sign of tired legs when everyone came out to show their support.
What a crowd, what a homecoming, what an occasion – there was hardly a dry eye in the house!