Deputy Mayor of Derry officially launches RiverRidge Recycling ‘Lark in the Park’

March 22, 2014 by Declan McCay  

The Deputy Mayor of Derry, Councillor Gary Middleton, officially launched the RiverRidge Recycling ‘Lark in the Park’ at Ebrington Square, Derry/Londonderry today (Sat 15 Mar 14).

Organised by the Maiden City Motorclub (MCMC), the Lark in the Park, which will be held in St Columb’s Park on Saturday 26th April 2014, will give motorsport enthusiasts a chance to enjoy an action-packed day of rally cars in action and on display as well.

Event Director, Declan McCay, took the opportunity to also announce that RiverRidge Recycling will be the title sponsor for the Lark In The Park. Declan said, “It is just fantastic news that RiverRidge Recycling has come on board for ‘Lark In The Park’. They have been the primary sponsor for Maiden City Motor Club for the past two years and have been a major influence in making the Dogleap and Turkey Run rallies the success that they have become. I am really looking forward to working with them on their first venture in Derry city.”

Eamon Doherty, Financial Director of RiverRidge Recycling, said, “The ‘Lark In The Park’ makes such good sense for our company as we are expanding our operation into the Derry/Londonderry area. Our partnership with MCMC has worked very well and we are pleased to be instrumental in making this event much bigger and better.

“We’ve also recently launched our own rally team so I’m hoping a few of us including Paddy McToal will be in the mix too when it comes to the racing. This is a super and very different event and I’d encourage any motorsport supporter to come along.”

RiverRidge Recycling, a local waste management company in the North West, has a long affiliation with motorsport and is an active member of the local community, delivering their ethos of commitment to the environment and community through practical activities and sponsoring events.

Declan McCay has also disclosed that there will be a massive increase in stage mileage for the 2014 event, with the addition of a Special Stage in Co.Donegal, after negotiations with Donegal Motor Club and MotorSport Ireland. Declan added, “While we were delighted to get ‘Lark In The Park’ returned to the calendar in 2013 as part of City of Culture celebrations, it was always part of the plan to make it bigger and better.

“It was a great showcase rally last year but the organising team were very conscious that any rally confined solely to the park would always be very limited on stage mileage and that is not the best situation for competitors. I am delighted to be able to announce that in addition to the four stages in the Park, there will be an additional road stage close by in Donegal which will be run three times. This will give us a total stage mileage close to 25 miles.”

The organising team has been very busy in recent weeks and plans are well advanced.


“I’d encourage everyone to get your entry in as soon as possible so as not be disappointed. The closing date for entries is Friday 11th April 2014 with entry forms available shortly at


“The event is also open to the public so please come along and experience a right ‘Lark in the Park’ and all that motorsport has to offer – you’ll never have seen the like of it.”

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