Peter Thompson finishes his 44th Marathon in 44 Days in 44 Countries in Dublin on Sunday.
Want to join a great act of personal courage undertaken for the benefit of others?
Ultan Mashup writes:
Don’t stay in this Sunday tweeting outrage at #Marian. Get your Dublin running shoes on.
Peter Thompson is finishing his 44th Marathon in 44 Days in 44 Countries in Dublin this Sunday – 14 May 2017 – in aid of mental health charities.
As well as supporting Peter, you can also fly the flag for mental health awareness in your own way closer to home.
START: Sunday at the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Golden Lane, Dublin 2 @ 12:30 hours FINISH: Market Bar, Fade Street, Dublin 2 (about 16:30-17:00)
The route: City Centre / North Strand / Clontarf Seafront/ Dollymount Beach / Howth Lighthouse / Clontarf Seafront / Alfie Byrne/The Point/Docklands / Grand Canal/Portobello / Camden Street / MARKET BAR – FINISH
If you want to run the last 10km only joinb us in at Wind/Sail monument in Clontarf about 15:15-15:45. Or, if you want to just armchair it on and cheer him after the fact, I am sure he would love a pint of Irish hospitality at the Market Bar in Dublin!
A penny wise ‘vox pop commercial’ conducted at ‘Gaiety corner’ at the top of Grafton Street and Merrion Row,South King Street, Dublin. The confectionery was of course needlessly rebranded four years later.
In 1980, four Tyrone brothers, Sean, Brian, Frank and Mick Quinn, became the first four brothers in the world to run a marathon together when they took part in the New York Marathon, top.
It was a story which gained the attention of the New York Times, ABC, CBS and NBC at the time.
Now, 33 years later, the four brothers, above, are preparing to redo the feat but this time they’ll be running the Dublin Marathon on Monday, October 28.
All in aid of MS Ireland.
“Ireland Inc. is in a ditch. It’s important to help each other along the journey. No matter what walk of life we come from, if we don’t work together, we won’t get very far.”
“33 years later we’re doing it again. While we’re a bit more rotund now, let’s say, and we may not do it in the same time as before, our intention is the same – to raise funds for a very worthy cause like MS Ireland.”
Brian Maher & Mike Sheridan are going to run 126 Miles from Limerick to Dublin for Special Olympics Ireland. That’s one mile for each of Irelands Special Olympic Athletes. The kicker is they are doing it in one go!! 126 Miles / 202 KM straight in a day.
All [Martin] Fagan could think about was his next race, looming on the calendar: the Houston Marathon, January 15th, 2012 – probably his final chance to qualify for London, and perhaps finally break the vicious circle.
“And I started panicking. I just felt so committed to that race, that it was my last chance. I was so stupidly stubborn about it, and that was my downfall. But I was very confused. I know that’s no excuse, but I was only semi-knowing of what I was doing. I was not in the right state of mind. That’s when I should have reached out. But that was my only reality, I was in a dark place, and knew it. I can only ask myself how I ever got there.”
Where he is now is back in Mullingar, and tomorrow in Dublin he will attend an adjudication hearing before Athletics Ireland and the Irish Sports Council to account for the positive test he gave for EPO in Arizona in December: that’s the easy part because he’ll readily admit everything, doesn’t want to know about testing the B-sample, and will openly accept the two-year ban they’ll inevitably throw at him.
“This positive test, the ban, is only the small issue. The bigger issue for me right now is getting myself mentally right again. I know that’s going to take time but I know I’m around the right people now, my family, and friends.”