Jun 08


Some FROG 2013 participants[whohit]The FROG 2014[/whohit]Don’t be fooled into thinking this is a news item about amphibious cycling. We’re not even sure how that could work.

Rather ‘The FROG‘ is ‘The Fun Run of the Glens’ (let’s just ignore that pesky ‘the’ for the sake of acronyms) – a charity cycle taking place in the glorious Glens of Antrim.

The FROG sportive has been going for eight years (the 2014 edition will be number nine) and has helped raise close to £100 000 for charity. In fact that’s a ‘landmark’ which, hopefully, will be broken this year. Funds go to Cancer Focus Northern Ireland (among others).

Rather than demand a specific participation fee in advance, Paul McToal (the organiser) simply requests people donate however much they feel like on the day itself. That means he’s taking a bit of a risk with the weather and fundraising but it is very good from the perspective of the cyclists taking part.

‘The day itself’ is this coming Saturday (June the 14th) with registration opening at 8am. There should be a publicity photoshoot at 8-45am (we hope to see plenty of Old Bleach members, in club kit, there) and the bikes will start rolling out around 9am. The location for the start is Glenravel Sports & Community Complex, 143 Glenravel Road, Cargan, BT43 6RA [map].

We have four courses to choose from:  25 miles, 50 miles, 75 miles and 100 miles. With the 75 and 100 miles courses, they comprise of the same loop as the 50 miles course with an extra loop added on at the end. That should mean most of the club can stick together for the first 50 miles, at least, no matter which course they choose (other than the 25 miles route obviously).

As we are taking part in The FROG we will not be having a standard club run on Saturday the 14th. Normal Old Bleach Saturday service should resume on the 21st. This will not affect any other club runs. Keep checking the calendar for information about all our cycles and contact us if you have any queries.