YOUNG marathon runner Shane Finn, who hails from Dingle and Annascaul, has managed to clock up some serious mileage over the past two years.
The twenty-year old completed his first marathon back in 2010 when he ran to raise funds for Spina Bifida, inspired by his first cousin Mary who lives with the condition.
From then on Shane (pictured right) was, in his own words, "bitten by the running bug" and has since completed the Cork City Marathon, the Dublin City Marathon, the Dingle Marathon, the Dingle Adventure Race and even the New York City Marathon, along with many other races.
Shane has now come up with a plan to run from Dublin to Dingle this year, which would see him run the equivalent of 12 marathons in 12 days, covering a route of more than 317 miles.
Shane's enthusiasm for running is matched only by his enthusiasm for getting other people involved in the sport and before he takes on the N7, he plans to establish and host the first Dingle 10km Road Race on Sunday, April 28.
"The 10km race will be run throughout the town and the surrounding areas," he said. "This will be is a fantastic way for local people to get fit and active and to have something to aim for in 2013."
He wants to get people to start training for the road race now and he has organised training groups for beginners and intermediate runners, beginning on January 26.
"Often people's first foray into marathon running is to try to run a half marathon and that is very difficult. This way, after beginning your training now, by the time April comes around, you will be ready for the Dingle 10km Road Race," he said. "That's the halfway point. Then, if people want to keep it up, by the time the Dingle Marathon rolls around in September, they will be ready for the half marathon – or even perhaps the full."
"The best thing is, no previous running experience is necessary – you can literally start from zero. I think it would be great to get more people involved in running in Dingle. It is also a great way to meet new people, get fit and lose weight," he added.
The training groups will commence next week on January 26. To get involved, call or text Shane on 0860872241, or check out Facebook.com/Dingle10kmRoadRace for updates.