Shane ready for return to home patch

Tadhg Evans

Dingle's Shane Finn is on the verge of realising his dream of running 24 marathons in 24 days and is scheduled to enter Kerry this week.

The 25-year-old is attempting to raise €100,000 for Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Ireland (SBHI), and his online fundraising campaign has gathered more than €75,000. Shane departed from Donegal town on June 22 and has since completed 20 marathons. Yesterday (Tuesday, July 11), he ran from Youghal to Cobh, and today he is scheduled to run to Clonakilty.

But Kerry eyes might be looking ahead to tomorrow's (July 13) marathon, when Shane crosses our county bounds for the first time in almost a month; he'll take the Healy Pass before concluding his 22nd marathon in Kenmare.

Speaking on Monday (July 10), after finishing his 19th marathon in Dungarvan, Shane said: "I felt good today and the legs turned over; God bless that man who gave me some strawberries on the road into Dungarvan! I must say it was great to share the first few kilometres with my brother Tommy too".

On Friday (July 14), the Dingle iron-man expects to run from Ballybunion to Tralee via Lisselton and Listowel, before bringing his challenge to a close on Saturday. Huge crowds are expected to greet Shane at the finish line outside the WKFitness Gym he co-manages off John Street, Dingle, on Saturday, where he's set to finish his 24th marathon.

To donate to SBHI or follow Shane's progress via live tracking, you can visit the challenge's official website, www.24marathons24days

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