Bank of Ireland staff saddle up to ‘Lap the Lough’

Some of the participants in the annual Lap the Lough charity event.
Some of the participants in the annual Lap the Lough charity event.

More than 60 members of staff from Bank of Ireland UK, lead sponsor of the Lap the Lough, completed this year’s tour around Lough Neagh.

They were raising funds for the Bank’s charity partners Barnardo’s and Co-operation Ireland as well as for other good causes chosen by individual staff.

The team set off early morning last weekend on the circuit of the largest lake across the UK and Ireland from the start line at Peatlands Park.

The Bank’s sponsorship has helped fund the organisation of the popular Lough Neagh event which saw 2000 cyclists and thousands more spectators and supporters from all around Lough Neagh help raise funds for charity.

Since it began in 2006, Lap the Lough has grown from strength to strength and now draws international participants.

The event saw individual cyclists and teams tackle the 140km route around Lough Neagh either in one go or in relays.

Eugene Hamill, Event Organiser from the not-for-profit Upbeat Agency, said:

“We’re delighted to have the support of Bank of Ireland UK. Lap the Lough is a fun, community event which promotes cycling participation and fundraising.

“Cycling has exploded in popularity in Northern Ireland over the past few years and the Bank’s sponsorship means that Lap the Lough is able to attract thousands of participants to enjoy a fitness challenge and raise money for good causes.”

Duncan Bednall, Regional Director, Bank of Ireland UK said: “It was a great opportunity for our team to enjoy the fun with friends and colleagues while challenging themselves physically and doing good in the process.”