Runners do 2 marathons in 26 hours

October 6th, 2016 11:55 AM

By Southern Star Team

The 10 runners who took on the double marathon challenge at the weekend, including Geraldine O'Sullivan from Bantry (kneeling, second from left), Gearoid Buckley (standing, far right) from Bandon and Aidan Quirke (far left, standing), from Newcestown. (Photo: Jacky Quirke)

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THREE West Cork runners have just completed a 52 mile run in 26 counties in 26 hours – the equivalent of two marathons – in aid of the Mercy Hospital Foundation.

Geraldine O’Sullivan from Bantry was joined in her success by Aidan Quirke from Newcestown and Gearoid Buckley, former Mayor of Bandon.

The trio completed the challenge by running the 52 miles within the tight time frame, starting last Saturday morning, and finishing at the Mercy Hospital in Cork on Sunday morning.

In between, the trio were joined by seven other runners and walkers, and all ten were ferried around the 26 counties by the Paddy Wagon tour bus company.

They ran – or walked – all day, and through the night, doing two miles in each county, before being whisked off to the next location. The event was held to raise funds for the cancer care centre and donations are still being taken.

‘It was a wonderful event and everyone was in great form, singing on the bus between the stops to keep our spirits up,’ Geraldine O’Sullivan told The Southern Star.

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