As some of you may already know, the Cycle Against Suicide route passes through Bantry, Skibbereen, Clonakilty, and all points in between this coming May. Bantry & Skibb will actually be start/finish towns for the cycle, with Clonakilty being the scheduled lunch stop en route to Cork city. Route details here.
On top of that, event organiser Jim Breen now plans to RUN the entire 1,400 km route 4 weeks in advance of the scheduled cycle in order to further raise awareness of the campaign message –
“It’s ok to not feel ok, and it’s absolutely ok to ask for help”
The run route passes through West Cork from the 7th – 11th April 2015, stopping in Clon, Skibb, Bantry, (and even Schull!). See full details of the route and schedule here.
West Cork Tri have been asked, along with Clonakilty Roadrunners AC and Parkrun Clonakilty, to lend their support to the event. The plan is to organise a 5k fun run in each of the departure towns, with an estimated start time of 09:00. At the moment, it looks like a lap of Clonakilty if the numbers are small, or a few laps of the Parkrun circuit if there’s a good uptake. Obviously, that’s just Clon, and we’d hope that our colleagues out West will rise to the challenge in their own localities!!
Typically, at the end of each day, a mental health presentation will take place in local community halls, businesses, etc. Personally speaking, I did part of the cycle in 2013, and the calibre of guest speakers was excellent. The day I cycled, Ireland & Munster rugby legend Mick O’Driscoll spoke about the life pressures that his move to USA Perpignan back in 2003 brought. I think I missed Alan Quinlan the day before, and yer man Bressie was knocking around the place somewhere too.
There’s a bit of discussion to be had to iron out a few details. There’s also great potential for promoting our clubs too, as RTE will be doing a bit of filming also. So start talking and spread the word!