Sorry it has taken a while to write this summary and thanks, it has been a difficult time for our road race family and our thoughts and prayers remain with the families of our fallen riders. Skerries 100 promised to be a epic battle of man and machine over the tight 2.9 mile circuit as weather in the area was settled for many weeks before the event and would remain so for the weekend. On practice day the event was going well when tragedy struck, one of the Road Racing communities best loved riders William Dunlop was lost, it was a sad and tragic end to what been a very well run practice day. Following lots of discussions with all interested parties within our race community, the club with the agreement of MCI, decided to run the event as non championship races. At a meeting held by the club with the riders on the Saturday evening, it was suggested by a rider and they all agreed that all the prize fund was to go to William's partner. The club would like to acknowledge the generosity of the riders and we can confirm that their wish have been carried-out. We must also thank our amazing race team crew of Scratch Howard, Thomas Garry Snr, Thomas Garry Jnr, Shane Garry, Brendan Leonard, Rory Mc Kay, Graham Sheehen and Gary Ryan who worked tirelessly through the night and early on Sunday to sweep and clean the road to get it fit for racing.
Sunday was a hard day for all involved, the riders, our wonderful medics, the great marshals and hard working officials, we all worked as a team and kept the show going. All decisions were made with the best intentions and with our eyes on running it safely with riders who wanted to take part without any pressure. So a huge thanks to those riders who took part and for their generosity.
Race day went really well with just two minor red flags and no injuries, a huge thank you to the MCI medical team / travelling marshal team and our trained marshals around the circuit, you do an amazing job and we are indebted to you.
Where do we start with our thanks. How can we convey the huge effort by dedicated voluntary individuals to put on the Skerries 100, but let's try;
To the scrutineers, rider rescue, fire officers, marshals, flag marshals and radio people, judges, timekeepers, grid girls, race /result admin team, our catering team, CMA Nigel & Billy, Man-o-war GAA Club and HMS security; as always you did a great job, well done and we thank you.
To Jack Corry and George McCann for delivering a brilliant commentary throughout the day To everyone who contributed to the programme, every business, every article, and the photographs throughout we appreciate your input and of course the use of your work. Thanks to Harry Havelin, Jack Corry, Hugh Shelly, Graham & Laura Sheehan and of course Printcom & Bronwyn for all the hard work which went into producing our programme.
Thank you to title sponsors Country Crest and Des D'Arcy Motors who give more than just sponsorship, they give us their time, energy and support on the lead up to and throughout the event. Thank you Michael, Gabriel and Breda from Country Crest and Des from Des D’Arcy Motor, it is a pleasure to work with you all and we really appreciate all you do for us through the year.
To our individual race sponsors, – The Friend's of Martin Finnegan, The People's Race, AXA, Ollies Place, HMS Security, Kennedy Motorcycles, B&V Nurseries, McNally & Co, Sam Dennigan Ltd, Convent Lane Motors, Man-o-war GAA, Hills Cricket Club, ASM Ireland, Seaver Family, C&T's Supermarket and Hughes Sales and Service & Tow my Car without you we really could not run our event. We thank you so very much for coming on board and being a part of the team. To the An Garda Síochána, Fingal County Council, Street Sweep & Gary Ryan, TrackBlast & Derek Boardman, PEWL (Phibsboro Electric), Civil Defence, CMA and the MCI for the support throughout the event.
Thank you to all the riders who participated in the Classic Lap – it was a great sight and we hope you enjoyed a trip down memory lane. This event on Friday evening in Skerries raised a total of €1800 for the Motorcycling Ireland Medical Team towards the LifePak machine which is to be purchased for next year's season.
Thank you to the landowners and residents around the circuit who are so incredibly generous and accommodating to the event and without your support, racing just would not be possible. To our Club members for being involved and for supporting the club year on year, we thank you.
Thank you to everyone who built and have now dissembling the circuit and packed it all away for next year, the unsung heroes lead by our clerk of works Brian (Scratch) Howard, you make it happen, every year there is a huge effort and commitment afforded us from a small band of people to complete this task, anyone who wants to get involved please contact the club many hands make light work!
To the press and media thank you for covering the event, it is vital that we keep this up and work together in making sure this sport lives on in print, on the internet and on the airwaves.
To you the Pure Road Racing fans, every year you sit/stand on the grandstands, the grass banks and around the circuit and enjoy what we hope was a great weekend of road racings finest. Thank you to everyone that bought a wristband and a programme, the cost of running the event is huge so we are so very grateful that you paid your way and that in turns makes you a part of our team. Please come back next year and tell all your friends!!!
Finally our riders we applaud and thank you for throwing the leg over your machines and racing our circuit. You are the reason we do it, please never forget that. We are road racing fans and you are the finest example of living the dream there is, we hope you enjoyed the experience and will be back to take up battle between our hedgerows in 2019.
We hope we have not forgotten anyone, please accept our deepest apologies if we have and our gratitude for your support and contribution.
So from Susan Chairperson and Clerk of Course and all of us at Loughshinny Motorcycle Supporters Club to all of you......THANK YOU !!!