Title Sponsor Announced for Dogleap Rally 2013
Breaking news ..... It has just been conformed by COC Jon McIvor, that the title sponsor has been agreed for the 2013 Dogleap Tarmac Stages Rally. Jon said " I am delighted to announce RiverRidge Recycling as the title sponsor for the 2013 Dogleap Rally. The event will be known as The RiverRidge Recycling Tarmac Stages Rally. The MCMC first formed a very successful partnership with RiverRidge Recycling in 2012 for the Dogleap Rally and subsequently for the Turkey Run. RiverRidge Recycling have been a pleasure to work with and it is great that we can continue to build on the success of last years events. This years rally will again be based in the Shackelton complex which has proved to be very popular with competitors and spectators alike. My team have been busy in recent weeks and I hope to soon be able to announce details of revised stages with additional competitive miles. It is also important for MCMC to support the marvelous work of the Foyle Hospice and they will continue to be our Charity Partner for this event." Eamon Doherty, MD of RiverRidge Recycling, himself an active and enthusiastic rally competitor said "RiverRidge Recycling are extremely happy with their association with the Maiden City Motor Club and I am really excited by the prospect of returning to Shackelton and building on the success of last year. It is a fantastic venue with brilliant stages and this year should be no exception with the prospect of even longer and more varied stages."
John Mulholland Motors Lark In The Park on TV
Don't forget to set a date for Thursday May 9th at 23.05 on UTV for coverage of LITP on RPM.
Further coverage is scheduled for TG4 on the Wednesday Motorsport Ireland slot, most likely on May 15th.
Richard Hogg wins the John Mulholland Motors Lark In The Park
Richard Hogg and Mark Hanna in their Evo6 led from the start of the John Mulholland Motors Lark In The Park to finish 8 seconds ahead of Derek McGeehan and Laurie Smyth in the WRC Mini. With such compact stages the time difference for the top crews were never going to be big. After a slow start on SS1, McGeehan immediately started to close the gap but Hogg's posted consistently quick times to keep himself out in front. Darren McKelvey and Denver Rafferty also in an Evo6 took the final podium spot a further 8 seconds back.
Big crowds packed into St. Columb's park to see some top class rally action and Ebrington Square was a buzz all day with car displays and Brides Across the Bridge activities. The location of the Service Park in Ebrington really made it easy for the public the see the cars and crews up close.
John Mulholland Motors Officially Welcomed as Title Sponsor At the recent launch, Maiden City Motor Club formally welcomed Mr. John Mulholland to the 2013 The John Mulholland Motors Lark In The Park.
As one the official partners in the 2013 City of Culture celebrations, the special rally event is gearing up for an exciting Motorsport rally event in St. Columb’s Park and Ebrington Square on Saturday 27th April 2013. The Clerk of the Course for the event, Ian Connolly added that, “We are delighted that John has come on board with us to put on this showcase event in this City, making this one of the top rally events for 2013. We are especially pleased of the chance to bring top rally action and a great day out in the Park and Ebrington to all.”
Ian went on to announce that the Event Director for the whole event, Declan McCay, had negotiated a deal with a local TV company again, explaining that The John Mulholland Motors Lark In The Park event will be televised on Ireland’s leading Motorsport programme, UTV’s RPM Motorsport programme, run by well known presenter Alan (Plum) Tyndall, of Tyndall Productions. Mr. Tyndall from RPM commented that,” …we are pleased to be covering this great event and are happy to announce that the John Mulholland Motors Lark in the Park Rally has been added to the RPM schedules. RPM will be covering it on UTV, TG4, Setanta and Motors TV.”
Ian continued, “This is really great news for our title sponsor John Muholland Motors, and other sponsors here in the North-West. This will put us in the spotlight again, and give a great focus for McElhinney Metal Recycling and our nominated Charity partners, Foyle Hospice, and everyone who is associated with the event.”
John Mulholland added that he wanted to assist in bringing top class rally action to everyone in St. Columb’s Park, and to do this he was bringing two of the top European rallycars to the event in April, in the form of the official factory Skoda and Hyundai rallycars. They will be on show and be driven in the The John Mulholland Motors Lark In The Park, both for the Scrutiny on Friday night 26th , in Ebrington Square, and for the 5 special stages on Saturday 27th April in St. Columb’s Park. During the Friday and Saturday, there will be a special The John Mulholland Motors Motorsport Unit set up in the Ebrington Square, where there will be many special features such as viewing the rally cars up close and meet some of the top competitors who will be on show over the time of the rally event. John finished, “My team and I look forward to meeting the public on the week-end, to highlight a special event to mark the 2013 City of Culture.
Friday 26th April 2013
Saturday 27th April 2013
McElhinney Metal Recycling announced as Associate Sponsor
Declan McCay has welcomed the announcement that McElhinney Metal Recycling have come on board as Associate Sponsor for the John Mulholland Motors Lark In The Park. "It is great that McElhinney Metal Recycling are providing very welcome additional sponsorship. This is their first foray into motorsport sponsorship and the Maiden City Motor Club is delighted they have chosen to go with the John Mulholland Motors Lark In The Park. As for the rally, entries are coming in and the team continues to work extremely hard to satisfy the many requirements to run a safe and successful event in a city centre location".
Chief Marshal, Jude O'Neill "We continue to receive offers of help from Marshals but we need MORE. In particular we want to hear from experienced motorsport marshals and there is also a plan to provide training for the less experienced or novice. So, you marshals and potential marshals out there, please use the registration form on this website to provide your details".
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John Mulholland Motors are Title Sponsors for Lark In The Park 2013
LITP Event Director, Declan McCay, is delighted to announce that John Mulholland Motors are the Title Sponsor for Lark In The Park 2013. "MCMC could not be happier that we have the support of such a professional organisation as John Mulholland Motors, especially when you consider that their franchised marques have such a rich heritage in motorsport at the highest level. With their help, we are looking forward to making The John Mulholland Motors Lark In The Park bigger and better as part of the City of Culture 2013 celebrations. The team are working extremely hard to ensure that everything will be in place for Saturday April 27th. There has been a lot of interest from prospective competitors so I am pleased to say that the regulations and entry form are now available to download."
Lark In The Park Press Launch at Ebrington
Preparations for Lark In The Park are moving along at a great pace. Latest happening has been the Press Launch held in the magnificent sorroundings of Ebrington Square, which will be the venue for Scrutineering and for the Service Park on the rally weekend. MCMC members were delighted to welcome The Mayor, Kevin Campbell, and Alderman Maurice Devenney as well as Paul Doherty from Ilex. They wished the rally every success and confirmed that there is great support for the return of the rally to St. Columb's Park.There is great anticipation that once again the public will turn out in great numbers for this unique event.
Marshals......Marshals.......Marshals Lets hear from you
A great number of marshals will be required due to the popularity of the event. Chief Marshal, Jude O'Neill , is anxious to confirm as many marshals as possible as soon as possible as there is likely to be the need for a training day. Please register your interest, stating your name, email address and phone number and whether you are already an experienced marshal. New marshals are most welcome.
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Clerk of the Course Announced for Lark In The Park
LITP Event Director, Declan McCay has confirmed that planning for the Lark In The Park is in full swing. Key personnel are now on board and the latest update is that Ian Connolly is announced as Clerk of the Course. Ian brings a wealth of motorsport experience to the role. "I am delighted to have the opportunity to be COC for the Lark In The Park. The rally is always popular with both competitors and spectators and this year should be no exception. We are expecting a very big turnout on the day".
Chief Marshal, Jude O'Neill, has requested that prospective marshals register as soon as possible using the Website Contact Form on this website. Please leave your name, tel/mobile number, email address and whether you are an experienced marshal. A large number of marshals will be required and a training session will be held for new marshals if necessary.
The Lark is BACK !!
Breaking News ...... After several years of absence, the Lark In The Park Stage Rally will return to St. Columb's Park in Derry/Londonderry on Saturday April 27th as part of the 2013 UK City of Culture celebrations. This event has always proven to be a very popular with competitors and rally fans as well as with the wider public who may have a more casual interest in motorsport. Innovations for this special year include a revised route for the five stages and the service park being located in Ebrington Square .
Event Director Declan McCay says "I am absolutely delighted that the Lark In The Park is back thanks to the support of Derry City Council, Ilex and The Culture Company. It will be a great family day out with the opportunity for spectators to see rally action in the heart of the city. Entries will be limited to 50 cars so competition for a place will be intense. Watch this space for details of regulations and entry forms".
Turkey Run Charity Presentations
Ballykelly Community and Youth Association
Club President Jon McIvor, along with members of the MCMC presents a cheque for £500 to Tina McCloskey Chairperson of the Ballykelly Community and Youth Association and Tracy Clyde, Treasurer. Jon said " The Ballykelly community has welcomed the Maiden City Motor Club to Shackelton for the Turkey Run rally. The work of the Association is very valuable for the young people of the area and the MCMC are happy to be able to help".
Jon McIvor along with members of the MCMC, presents a cheque for £1500 to staff of the Foyle Hospice. Also included is Dr Monro, Chairperson of the Foyle Hospice.Jon said "Once again the MCMC is delighted to be able to support the good work of the Foyle Hospice"
RiverRidge Recycling Turkey Run - The Results
Despite the initially inclement weather, the RiverRidge Recycling Turkey Run provided a great days craic for everyone. Conor McCloskey and Francis Regan in their Impreza WRC took an immediate lead and had fastest time on four of the five stages. As the day progressed and Marty McCormick settled in to his first experience of the McGeehan Motorsport Mini WRC, the gap began to reduce. In the end,however,it was McCloskey/ Regan who took the win by 13 seconds from McCormick and David Moynihan. Derek and Alan McGeehan took third in the second of the Minis. COC Jon McIvor commented "Iwant to thank all the marshals, timekeepers, officials and everyone else who helped to put on such a thoroughly enjoyable event. Without your help we could simply not run events like this. Thanks also to RiverRidge Recycling who once again have provided very welcome sponsorship."
RiverRidge Recycling Turkey Run Update.... December 21st.
Excitement is building with the entries for the Turkey Run fast approaching a record level. The December 28th event will see the battle of the Minis, with regular Mini man Derek McGeehan facing a strong challenge from Marty McCormick, making a rare appearance in the second McGeehan Motorsport Mini. Both will be pushed all the way by Kenny McKinstry in his Subaru. Add to this a Renault Clio Maxi and a host of Mk2's etc and the craick should be mighty. COC Jon McIvor has asked that any competitor unable to make it to early scrutiny should complete sign-on and scrutiny before doing their recce of the stage on the Friday morning.
For spectators, the first of five stages gets under way at 09.00. Get out there and enjoy
CLICK>>> FINAL SEEDING LIST TURKEY RUN 2012
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RiverRidge Recycling Turkey Run Press Launch
The press launch of the River Ridge Recycling Turkey Run has taken place at Stormont. The rally will be held at the Shackelton Ballykelly complex with the full support of the Office of the First and Deputy First Ministers (OFMDFM). Indeed, both Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness attended the launch and took a very keen interest in the rally cars present. They wished the MCMC every success with the upcoming event. Also in attendance were representatives from title sponsor, RiverRidge Recycling, and the Foyle Hospice who are the charity partner for the event.
Turkey Run Update ....
As expected, entries for the Turkey Run continue to come in at a very healthy rate. CoC Jon McIvor is delighted by the response. "I am very happy that the Turkey Run 2012 will definitely run as we have had a very strong interest even with four weeks to go. I am looking forward to another very enjoyable day at Shackelton. A limited number of entries are still available so my advice to anyone still making up their mind is to get your entry in soon so as not to be disappointed"
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Christmas is coming - time for the Turkey Run
Only a few more weeks to go and preparations for the Turkey Run are gathering pace. Entries are coming in and include a number of WRC cars - rumour has it that there might be a Mini or two in there already. The stage has been reviewed in detail to incorporate any learnings from the Shackelton Dogleap Rally. Clerk of the Course, Jon McIvor, confirms that the stage layout is all in place and that additional on-stage signage will be added. Time now to get the entry in and get the car prepared.
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THE 2012 Shackelton Ballykelly Turkey Run is GO..GO..GO
Clerk of the Course Jon McIvor is delighted to confirm that the end of year Turkey Run is all systems go. The December 28th event will provide a bit of action to shake people out of their after Christmas boredom. Such was the success of the heavily oversubscribed Dogleap Shackelton Rally that it has been decided that this year the Turkey Run will use the exact same stage. Hopefully those who did not manage to secure an entry in August can get a run out this time - get your entries in ....
Preparations are already well advanced. There will be a total of five stages to ensure that proceedings are finished before dark. Prize Giving will be in the Drummond Hotel in Ballykelly who are doing a very attractive stay-over deal for rally competitors and sponsorship is by RiverRidge Recycling.
2013 Dates Agreed at A.N.I.C.C. Meeting
The competition dates for MCMC events in 2013 are as follows:
April 27th - Single Stage Rally.
Lark In The Park
- August 3rd - Stage Rally - Dogleap Stages
December 28th - Stage Rally - Turkey Run
July / August - Date to be decided - Autotest.
Hopes are high that, after a number of years trying, it will be possible to return to St Columb's Park for the very popular Lark In The Park event as part of the City of Culture celebrations.In addition, the MCMC plan to run an Autotest at a city centre venue in July / August. This should be a fun event intended to broaden the appeal of motorsport in the Derry/Londonderry area.
RiverRidge Recycling Dogleap Tarmac Shackelton Rally
Clerk of the Course Jon McIvor " I want to express my thanks to all those who helped make the RiverRidge Recycling Dogleap Stage Rally such a resounding success. Competitor feedback has been very positive and it is very pleasing to know that a substantial sum was collected on gate receipts for donation to our chosen charity - The Foyle Hospice".
COC Jon McIvor and Committee Members of the MCMC presenting the cheque for £2012 to Staff of the Foyle Hospice . Well done also to the Club Representatives who completed the recent Foyle Hospice 10k Run / Walk.
2012 Dogleap Tarmac Rally >>>>> RESULTS