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Thursday 24 July 2014

Stars go the distance to join global run for spinal research

Back row, l-r: Joe Canning, J J Hanrahan, Seamus Moynihan, Bernard Brogan, Alison Canavan and Paddy McKenna. Front row, l-r: Mark, Milly and Terry O'Brien with Roy Gyerin with his son Nathan. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/SPORTSFILE
The last man standing John O'Regan, Leixlip, Co. Kildare, competing in the Wings For Life World Run. He completed 49.2km before being caught by the sweeper car.
The last man standing John O'Regan, Leixlip, Co Kildare, competing in the Wings For Life World Run. He completed 49.2km before being caught by the sweeper car.
Alison Kirwan, Star of the Laune AC, Killorglin, Co Kerry, celebrates after winning the 30.4km woman's race in the Wings For Life run. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
Last woman standing: Alison Kirwan, Star of the Laune AC, Killorglin, Co Kerry, celebrates after managing 30.4km in the Wings For Life run. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE

AFTER his team's victory over Edinburgh on Saturday, Munster's JJ Hanrahan can be excused for bowing out early in the first Wings for Life World Run in aid of spinal cord research.

The rugby star joined Dublin footballer Bernard Brogan, Galway's Joe Canning, former Kerry great Seamus Moynihan and 35,000 others in 32 countries for the inaugural run. The race has no finish line but runners are chased down by a 'catcher car' that sets off 30 minutes after the start, travelling at 15kmh.

"I think I was the first to be caught by the car," said JJ, one of the 600 taking part in Killarney, Co Kerry.

"I was a bit tired from the match last night in Edinburgh but it was a great event and nice to run with some other sports stars I really admire."

Dublin football star Bernard Brogan managed to cover 10km before the catcher car caught up with him.

"It's not at all like Gaelic football," he said. "It was my first time running just over 10km before being caught by the car but being there was all that mattered."

The last man standing was Leixlip native John O'Regan, who managed 49.2km in 3 hrs 33 minutes. The last woman was Louth's Alison Kirwan, living in Kerry for the past 11 years, who managed a fantastic 30.4km in 2hrs 28 mins. Other well-known faces included Irish women's rugby star Siobhan Fleming, 2fm's Paddy McKenna and Mark McCabe and model Alison Canavan.

Irish Independent

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