Thursday 8 December 2016

No tickets? Met the man who is running the 80kms to the Electric Picnic

Geraldine Gittens

Published 24/07/2015 | 10:26

Bernard O’Shea, Jennifer Maguire, and Keith Walsh at the launch of this year's Tour de Picnic Credit: Paul Sharp
Bernard O’Shea, Jennifer Maguire, and Keith Walsh at the launch of this year's Tour de Picnic Credit: Paul Sharp

SOME get the bus, some drive. But one man is about to become the first person to run 80 kilometres to Electric Picnic this year.

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Paddy Ryan from Templemore in Tipperary has already ran eight marathons, and now he’s undertaking to do almost two at once as part of the Tour de Picnic charity event.

“I’m the first person to do it basically. I’ve done eight marathons so far so I think this might be the next step to push that bit further.”

“It’s the furthest I’ve ran. I’ve run about 50 kilometres, so this will be another 30 kilometres on top of it. Every route you do is definitely going to be a challenge.”

“For me, it’ll be about focusing on mind over body and I’m doing weights and endurance training at the moment to try and build up the strength in my legs. I’m doing 30 kilometre runs with ten kilos on my back to train for it.”

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Paddy Philip Ryan is undertaking the challenge thanks to the support of Duleek and District AC, Tour de Picnic organisers,
Paddy Philip Ryan is undertaking the challenge thanks to the support of Duleek and District AC, Tour de Picnic organisers,

Paddy aims to raise between €2000 to €3000 for the events charities, for Special Olympics Ireland, the Irish Youth Foundation, and ISPCC Childline.

Those who do the 80km on the bike - or a shorter run than Paddy of 15km - after raising €380 are entitled to a ticket to the sold-out event over the first weekend in September. But Paddy is going the extra mile... or extra many miles.

“My goal is to do it in seven and a half hours. I’m hoping to leave Dublin at 4.30am and arrive in Electric Picnic around the same time as the cyclists. So you’ll have me and the cyclists coming in at the same time.”

Paddy, who hopes to eventually run ultra marathons, will be running a marathon in Germany four weeks after Tour de Picnic.

“All the training I’m doing will be building up to that as well.”

“I might feel like crap afterwards, but the bit of money I raise will go to charity.”

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He said running the 80km distance on September 4 wouldn’t be possible without the support of Tour de Picnic whose organisers have arrange for a cyclist to lead the way.

Tour de Picnic’s organiser Brian McDermott from Ranelagh, Dublin said the charity event is the last chance for people to acquire Electric Picnic tickets.

“It’s been a great success, we do it every year and so far we’ve raised over €1.2 million, cycled over 400,000km, and burned over 20.4m calories. 6000 people have taken part.”

“We have the last few tickets for Electric Picnic. It’s the only way that you can still get a ticket to Electric Picnic.”

“Anyone who does it gets very well looked after, they get a kit and all their food and they get their bags transported down there, and we have ice baths afterwards,” he said.

Anyone interested in taking part can sign up on www.rabodirecttourdepicnic.com

“It’s a very good way to get going with Electric Picnic because you tend to make a lot of friends on the way down. You can have a few pals for the weekend. People doing it do tend to help each other a lot.”

“It’s a very nice road down, we keep to the back roads to keep it quiet, there are only a few hills so it’s very manageable. We’ve everyone from 25 stone to five stone doing it every year.”

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