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Sunday 20 August 2017

Marathon man at DKIT

 

Shane Finn setting out on his ninth marathon at DkIT during his attempt to complete 24 Marathons in 24 days to raise €100,000 for Spina Bifida Hydrocephlaus Ireland.
Shane Finn setting out on his ninth marathon at DkIT during his attempt to complete 24 Marathons in 24 days to raise €100,000 for Spina Bifida Hydrocephlaus Ireland.

Olivia Rryan

Marathon man Shane Finn brought his extraordinary campaign to raise €100,000 for Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Ireland (SBHI) to Dundalk last week.

Shane was welcomed to Dundalk by members of the Louth/Meath branch of Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Ireland (SBHI) who cheered him on to complete the Louth leg of his nationwide run.

The Kerry native began his marathon run for the day on the grounds of DkIT, and set off for south Louth and County Meath, where he finished up in Bettystown.

Shane, who has just reached the half way point of his campaign, explained that despite the challenge of aching limbs and at times tough weather conditions, he is determined to complete the mission.

'My heart controls my head and then my head controls my legs.. that's how this is working for me!'

He explained that the connection to SBHI is through a cousin and he first fundraised for the charity in 2010 when he ran the Dingle and New York City Marathons raising over €13,000. 'That progressed to the 12 Marathons in 12 Days from Dublin to Dingle in 2014, where we raised €33,000, and now the 24 Marathons in 24 Days all around Ireland is the focus.'

The idea to take on what for Shane is the ultimate endurance test came from what he saw was the experience of people living with Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus

​'The 24 is symbolic as I see quite clearly how 24 hours a day can be difficult for someone with a disability and their family. So, a marathon a day for 24 days, and it's our aim to raise €100,000 in the process.'

Speaking as he set off, Shane added: 'I am excited about the event, I am slightly going into the unknown as I will never have pushed my body that far before.

But if it means raising €100,000 and making a difference and helping people live a better quality of life - well, then I am all in!'

To date, Shane has already crossed the half way point in his marathon aim.

He is also delighted to report that he has just crossed the halfway point to his fundraising target, with more than €50,000 having been raised so far.

You can donate to 24 Marathons 24 Days cause on Shane's JustGiving page and there's much more information - including how you can get involved and contribute to the fundraising effort - available on the '24 Marathons 24 Days' website.

For further updates on where Shane is around the country, check out his facebook page 'Shane Finn'.

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