Brave souls turn out for a Cooley Mountain night run

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Brave souls turn out for a Cooley Mountain night run
Ian Cameron ian.cameron@dundalkdemocrat.ie@DundalkDemocrat

A big thank you to all the brave souls who did the Mark Pollock mountain-bike/run in the dark in Cooley on Wednesday last.

Your donations will help Mark fast track a cure for paralysis, which is the stuff of miracles.

In time countless people will benefit from the new research and hopefully walk again.

It was a beautiful moonlit night as runners and bikers set off from the Bush.

Everybody was well wrapped up and lit up.

“We took the route in the mountain road and onto the Tain trail, to the rear of Carlingford,” a club spokesperson said.

“Thankfully it was dry and visibility was good.

“We went up the Golyin towards the saddle and we paused.

“Our good friend Gerry, who had been with us on last years spin, had very sadly passed away recently.To remember Gerry,his brother Johnny spoke some uplifting words & we played the music from Braveheart,which was fitting for the much admired man.

“Then Declan, his eldest brother, let off a rocket into the nights sky, to symbolise the brightness that Gerry had brought into our lives.

“It was a poignant moment as Gerry had cycled these trails countless times and he was at his happiest whilst bouncing along them.

“We then went over the Col and down to Glenmore and back the road to the Bush.

“The Greenore coastguard had provided medical back up, which thankfully we didn't need. Big thanks to them. Under the Bush bridge, we warmed ourselves by the fire and drank tea and hot toddies. Sandra and Hannah provided the refreshments and they got the blood flowing back to our toes again.It was great to see so many athletes turnout and remember our good friend Gerry. God bless his spirit.”