Perfect conditions for the 2018 Murray to Moyne

Our local Murray to Moyne team took part in the annual cycle relay event last weekend. 

The team of 10 cyclists worked in tandem to complete the 520km ride departing 9am Saturday from Mildura arriving just after 10am Sunday in Port Fairy.

The team this year was made up of riders Kieran Brennan, Dennis Sharkey, Trevor McClure, Matthew Oliver, Lisa Oliver, Sara McDonnell, Melissa Mills, Kevin Mills, Tim Sharkey and Chad Eastwood.  Support team was Dale McDonnell, Vanessa Eastwood and Darce Penrose.

The team this year dedicated the ride to long time former team mate Lesley Payne.201

Conditions for cycling were just perfect for the weekend with a northerly wind providing a boost to speeds for the riders. Altogether there were 800 riders and approx. 400 support crew involved in this years ride.

The riders arrived in Hamilton on the Saturday night at around 9:30pm, then after departing Hamilton at 7am the next morning arrived in Port Fairy just after 10am, which is unprecedented.  The strong northerly winds providing a tailwind certainly contributed to this.

“It was a fantastic weekend and altogether we had a really good time, it is really great to be a part of the team, we all work together well.” said team member Dennis Sharkey

Riders have been raising money and will continue to raise money throughout the year for the Edenhope & District Memorial Hospital. 

Recently the team have provided funds toward the purchase of gym equipment for the new exercise room located at the Elsie Bennett Centre, funds to contribute towards the purchase of a new bus for the Hospital and air conditioning in the Elsie Bennett Centre.

EDMH CEO Kevin Mills who participated in the ride was very grateful “On behalf of the Hospital thank you to all the riders and support crew, also to the community who get behind our team.”

“There are many health and social benefits from cycling and to pair that with raising funds for your health service is a great opportunity.”

‘‘We really appreciate everyone who has been involved over the years, allowing us to purchase much-needed equipment that can’t otherwise be bought for the hospital.’’

The Murray to Moyne is an annual team relay event, new team members are welcomed, if you think you might like to be a part of next years team please visit the EDMH website for more details or contact the hospital. 

Apsley Racing Club are running the Tour De Frances (Apsley to Frances and return) on Saturday the 9th of June with all proceeds being donated to the Murray to Moyne. Details of the event can be found on the EDMH website.