Arthur McMahon, the founder of “Team Donegal Oil” has set up a FREE membership network which aims to encourage participation in outdoor activities for all age groups and fitness abilities, throughout County Donegal.
“My initial aim for “Team Donegal Oil” was to try and encourage everyone to “have a go” at getting outside & participate in any sport, whether it’s walking, cycling, running, mountain climbing and just to participate in outdoor activities and events that are fortunate to be vast here in our County, for our better health and mental health.” says Arthur.
“I’ve been really lucky in that I played team sport until I was 36 years old. For a combination of reasons (young family, work commitments, felt I was too old), I drifted away from sport for about 8 years. A friend convinced me to come and try an adventure race so I started riding the bike and doing a bit of very slow running. I found that, after a while, I felt great. My physical condition improved and I even began to enjoy riding the bike. I found that things were just clearer after a while on the bike”.
“It struck me recently when the Cycle Against Suicide and the Pieta House Darkness Into Light events came to Donegal that one of the ways we can help to feel better is by getting a bit of exercise. We’re not talking about mad stuff here, just getting out in the fresh air and getting the blood pumping a bit. It really can do wonders if you’re feeling a bit blue.”
“With that in mind I decided that we would create Team Donegal Oil as a vehicle to encourage people to “Have a Go”. We plan to start by running three events to encourage people to get involved. Each event will be exclusively for “Team Donegal Oil” members and will cater for all levels so there will be a fun, untimed 5k walk/jog/run, a fun 20k bike, a timed 5k run and a timed 5krun + 20k bike. We plan to run one of these in Letterkenny, one in Killybegs and one in Falcarragh. These are the towns in which our business, Donegal Oil Company has heating oil depots.”
Our plan is to ask people to sign up as a member of Team Donegal Oil for FREE and in return they’ll get a water bottle, a snood and a special treat when registering for the events. Members of “Team Donegal Oil” will have free entry to all three events that we are currently planning.