On Friday, August 17, 2018, the JFC Manufacturing team commenced their 200-mile cycle from the JFC Head Office in Tuam, County Galway to the UK site in Oswestry, Shropshire.
With three countries to cross in two days JFC’s Sue Taylor and Dave Curley accompanied by Stephanie Pierre, Matt Corcoran and Frank Conway put power to the pedals at 7am to cover the delightful flat scenery of Ireland.
Heading approximately 100 miles to the ferry port at Dublin where Frank waved them off with the Welsh hills in their sights.
With a smooth crossing and approximately 5 hours sleep Sue Taylor, JFC UK’s National Sales Manager was up bright and breezy, chatting live on BBC Radio Shropshire at 7am!
Shropshire Farmers Neil Mainwaring and Hugh Pinney joined the team at Holyhead and quickly lifted the spirts of the slightly jaded cyclists. With porridge as their fuel at Holyhead, they commenced at
8am along the A5.
With the outline of the Welsh hills ahead of them, they covered approximately 30 miles and arrived at Bethesda for their bacon rolls.
With a quick water pit stop at Swallow Falls they set off to head for the hardest part of the challenge, the climb out of Betws-Y-Coed. Before they reached the climb they travelled along the stunning Llyn Ogwen, then gradually the A5 twisted up through the mountain with the team climbing a staggering 1,118ft to reach the top!
With the wind behind them and the relief of the hardest section now over, the sights were set on Rhug Estate.
Rhug Estate kindly donated hot and cold drinks along with fruit and sugary supplies to help refuel the riders.
With the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI) representative Becky Davies present and cheering them on, this gave them a huge boost to finish their final section in true style.
With a few short sharp hills to tackle once they crossed the border into Shropshire, they soon had Oswestry in their sights. All six riders entered the Maes-Y-Clawdd Industrial Estate smiling from ear to ear finally crossing the finishing line together, as a team who had just tackled and triumphed 200 miles in two days with a total elevation of 5,903ft!
All the hard work by the cyclists and their support was all in aid of three amazing charities.
The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (R.A.B.I) is a welfare charity which changes lives for the better, offering financial support to farming people in hardship of all ages.
The Riding for Disabled Association (RDA) have horses and ponies who provide therapy, achievement and enjoyment to people with disabilities all over the UK.
In Ireland the chosen charity was the Embrace Farm, a farm accident support network. We would like to thank everyone for their support and generosity with over €700 raised in Ireland and over £1000 raised in the UK we will be calculating our totals at the end of the month.
So there is still time to donate at the following Just giving pages:
To donate to RDA visit: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/jfc-manufacturing
To donate to RABI visit: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/jfc-manufacturing1