04 Sep, 2012

Avolon sponsors the 2012 Mark Pollock Cycle


Avolon joins ChainReactionCycles and leading sports stars to support Mark Pollock


Dublin & Belfast | 4 September: Avolon, the international aircraft leasing firm, announces its sponsorship of the 2012 Mark Pollock Cycle in conjunction with the world’s largest online bike store, (‘CRC’).


Avolon and CRC join Leinster Rugby stars Jonny Sexton; Rob Kearney; Jamie Heaslip; Kevin McLaughlin; and, Irish Olympic sailor, Annalise Murphy in supporting the 2012 cycle in aid of the Mark Pollock Trust. Eight employees of Avolon will join a group of almost 100 cyclists to take part in the event.


The Mark Pollock Cycle 2012
The 2012 cycle will raise funds for the Mark Pollock Trust and offers a choice of either a 100km or 160km event - both of which start and finish at The Mount Wolsely Hotel in Tullow Co. Carlow.


The event is being co-ordinated by and takes place on 15 September, 2012. Food and refreshments will be provided along the routes and the event will be followed by massages, optional ice baths, a barbeque, live music and a night stay in the luxurious Mount Wolsely Hotel. Sign up now at or


Mark Pollock | An Inspirational Story
Mark Pollock lost his sight at the age of 22 and since then has competed in sports events in the world’s harshest environments: across desert, mountain, ocean and polar regions. These amazing feats include 6 marathons in 7 days in the Gobi Desert; a race to the South Pole; and, the Round Ireland yacht race. Mark achieved all this despite being completely blind. Having overcome the difficulties of blindness, tragedy struck in July 2010 when Mark fell and suffered a spinal injury which has left him paralysed from the waist down.


In order for Mark to be able to undertake an aggressive rehabilitation programme involving a spinal care injury centre called ‘Project Walk’, the Mark Pollock Trust was set up to raise money to cover the cost of Project Walk, as well as the conventional rehabilitation costs associated with paralysis. Mark has also recently become one of the first people in the world to trial robotic legs. Mark recently had the honour of carrying the Olympic Flame ahead of the London 2012 Olympics. For more information, please visit


Steven Graham, Avolon Vice-President of Marketing, commented:
“Avolon is delighted to support Mark who is a close friend of the business. He has given motivating and memorable leadership lectures at a number of our key events. Mark’s sporting achievements and commitment to succeed, in the face of severe adversity, are truly inspirational. We look forward to working further with the Mark Pollock Trust and are proud to be a sponsor of the 2012 cycle.”


Sign Up Now
The 15 September cycle route covers the heart of Leinster and takes in the provinces most beautiful sites just south of the Wicklow Mountains. There will be two fully sign posted routes, stocked rest stops, bicycle mechanics, sport massage therapists and vehicle support.

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