Runners raise over €10k for Mercy Foundation

December 24th, 2016 11:40 AM

By Southern Star Team

The 10 runners who took on the double marathon challenge in September, 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 athletes were among 10 brave individuals who set out on September 26th to run two miles in each of the 26 counties in just 26 hours in aid of the Mercy Hospital Foundation. 

Bantry’s Geraldine O’Sullivan joined Aidan Quirke and Gearoid Buckley from Bandon in the Back 2 Back Challenge, which was led by Tralee woman, Brenda Doody. It raised a total of €9,272, which was officially presented to the Mercy Hospital Foundation on November 25th.

Back 2 Back was an action-packed challenge that saw participants kick off their journey outside The Mercy University Hospital at 8am on September 26th, run their first two miles in Kerry, travel the length and breadth of Ireland covering 52 miles on foot, and finish in Cork exactly 26 hours later.

Funds raised by this innovative endurance challenge will go towards a new Fluoroscopy X-ray Unit for the Regional Centre for Gastroenterology at the Mercy University Hospital, which will assist doctors in staging and treating patients with tumours in the oesophagus, stomach, bowel, pancreas and liver.  

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