Dublin woman Laura Grehan had two reasons to celebrate this week, as she secured an ultra-cycling world record as part of her fundraising efforts for the Irish Lung Fibrosis Association (ILFA).
Last Saturday, Laura cycled a whopping 380km from the most westerly part of Ireland, Slea Head in Kerr,y to the most easterly point of the country in Wicklow Head before finishing up in Dublin – raising over €5,500 along the way for ILFA, a charity Laura said is “very close to her heart.”
Speaking after her mammoth achievement, Laura said: “It was just such an incredible experience – I’m still on a high after it. Everything just went very smoothly and we didn’t have any hiccups.
“I had initially wanted to do this under the radar but I decided that I wanted to use the opportunity to fundraise for ILFA as I’ve seen the amount of work they do and continue to do for patients over the years and the work they do is so important.
“My aunt Denise Cassidy passed away 14 years ago and both my uncle Eddie and cousin Nicola are heavily involved with the committee so I wanted to do my bit to support a great charity and a great cause.
“I’m absolutely delighted and so grateful for the support, to be the first person in Ireland to get a world ultra-cycling record as well as fundraising over €5,500 for ILFA is just amazing.”
Laura’s journey started at 4:45am on September 5, with her and her crew cycled through Kerry, Cork, Tipperary, Kilkenny, Carlow before completing the journey.
She completed the challenge in 13 hours and 27 minutes, supported by a crew including two support cars provided by Windsor Motors, while Jones Engineering and market research consultants Opinions also provided their support to Laura for the fundraiser.
She said: “I had told people that I probably wouldn’t be getting back home to Dublin until about 8pm – but I was halfway in and I realised I was going to be about an hour or so ahead of schedule and I had to try and let everyone know, some of my cycling clubmates in Clontarf and Naomh Barróg actually missed me coming in!”
Laura says the Go Fund Me Link to donate to ILFA will remain in place as she is also planning to complete an ultra-marathon race soon.
You can donate to Laura’s fundraiser here.