Wednesday 16 August 2017

Meet the Kerryman who ran 24 marathons in just 24 days

Shane Finn at the finish line in Dingle last weekend
Shane Finn at the finish line in Dingle last weekend

Claire Fox

A young man who ran an incredible 24 marathons in 24 days reveals he is inspired by his cousin, who has Spina Bifida.

Shane Finn (24) received a hero's welcome as he crossed the finish line in Dingle, Co Kerry on Saturday and he said his cousin Mary Evans is his motivation.

He told Independent.ie that he has been fundraising for Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Ireland since 2010 and his recent 24 marathon endeavour helped raise over €100,000.

He said: "Mary is my motivation and inspiration. She’s the reason I do this and we’ve gone past the 100,000 mark at this stage."

Shane runs the successful WK Fitness when he was just 21 and said that staying active is really important to him.

He said: "Like any young person I suppose I lost my way and running helped shape my life hugely and made me realise that I could achieve things for myself."

Shane raised over €100,000 by running 24 marathons in just 24 days
Shane raised over €100,000 by running 24 marathons in just 24 days

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In 2014, Shane completed 12 marathons in 12 days for the charity and had been training for a year-and-a-half before starting the 24-day marathon stint on June 22 and finishing on July 15.

“I did an Ironman competition last October and have been consistently running. I didn’t eat meat during the 24 days and limited my dairy intake. I just kept it very clean,” said Shane.

He also received support from former Ireland Soccer International, Packie Bonner when he launched the challenge in Donegal in June.

Shane said he was overwhelmed by the support
Shane said he was overwhelmed by the support

“The support has been phenomenal. We worked very hard and had promotional events beforehand but it really snowballed over the 24 days,” said Shane.

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The marathons took place in every county in Ireland except Limerick and Clare and were a gruelling 1,102 km in length.

We asked the Kerry man whether he has any other adventures on the horizon?

“I’m going to take a break for the moment. I’m eager to get back to the business side of things.

“Our business is expanding and well-known all over Ireland but I might do an Ironman competition in the US next year,” he said.

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