Eamonn set to add punch to Billy Kerr Sportive event

Eamonn Loughran, pictured here with his family, like Billy Kerr has been inducted into the Ballymena Sporting Hall of Fame. The former world champion boxer is to take part in next month's Billy Kerr Sprotive cycling event.
Eamonn Loughran, pictured here with his family, like Billy Kerr has been inducted into the Ballymena Sporting Hall of Fame. The former world champion boxer is to take part in next month's Billy Kerr Sprotive cycling event.

Eamonn Loughran is the latest high profile entrant to this year’s Billy Kerr Sportive, which is set to take place next month.

The 45 year old, former WBO World welterweight title holder still keeps himself in great shape and intends to take part in the 41 miles event and add his support to the Cancer Fund for Children charity.

Eamonn and his cycling pal Wilbert Millar plan to complete the ride together. Eamonn, like Billy Kerr, is an inductee in the Ballymena sporting hall of fame.

In 2013 Eamonn took part in the ill-fated Boston marathon and counted himself “blessed” not to have been caught up in the bomb blast at the event.

There is now less than three weeks to the Billy Kerr Sportive on Saturday 15th August with. Enter on line at www.ballymenaroadclub.co.uk.

Cost for entry is £25 for the event. Riders will receive a goodie bag and be entitled to refreshments during the cycle and at the finish location. Furthermore all finishers will received a high quality medal and a contribution from each entrant will go towards the chosen charity the Cancer fund for Children. Each goodie bag, supplied by Chain Reaction Cycles, will contain a buff, drinking bottle, tube, multi-tool and nutrition. Mechanical and medical support will be provided at the event.

Sign on at the event will be held at Eaton Park, Broughshane road on Saturday morning with riders permitted to start anytime between 8am and 9am.

Maps and more details of the event can be obtained at the sportive www.facebook.com/BillyKerrSportive. Similar information will be provided at sign on.

Riders doing the 93 miles route are encouraged to start first and will go out in groups of 40. The other distances are 71 miles and 41 miles.

Ballymena Road Club encourages as many club members to cycle the event, if there are members who are not able to ride, their help on the day with registration, marshalling, feeding stations etc would be appreciated.

Road Club officials plan to have riders leaving Eaton Park in groups of 40 and we would like a number of club members to be a group leaders especially those who rode the sportive routes recently.

CLOUGH RACE

Ballymena Road Club will hold their annual race around the Mid-Antrim 150 motor cycle circuit at Clough tonight (Tuesday). The main race is held over 8 laps, 28.8 miles, with the competitors going off in different handicapped bunches.

They will be racing for the Clough Rangers shield, which was won last year by Aaron Swan.

The Clough event is the fifth round of the eight event road racing league series for the William Smyth cup.

Ryan Bankhead leads at the halfway point in the series with 37 points. Recently crowned club road race champion, Matthew Brennan, is in second spot with 28 points.