Athletics: Charitable gardai duo to run five marathons
Next Tuesday, two members of An Garda Siochana will set out to run all the way from The Spire in Dublin City Centre, to Eyre Square in Galway City.
The distance, 130-odd miles of secondary roads, means that when they reach Eyre Square on Saturday week at around 5.0, they will have covered five full marathons of 26.2 miles each over the five days.
The gardai are Ian Redican and Tom Power. Ian is a crime scene investigation photographer and Tom is a ballistics expert at Garda HQ in Dublin's Phoenix Park.
In 2009, at the Barcelona Marathon, the pair ran in aid of the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association (IMNDA). Power's uncle had been diagnosed at the time with the disease, prompting a small Garda Siochana team to enter and run the race to promote awareness of the illness. Tom's uncle passed away in the months that followed.
In May 2010, Redican decided that he would do something more than just enter and run a race to promote awareness of the illness. Inspired by the feat of British comedian Eddie Izzard, who ran multiple marathons in as many days, he decided upon a feat of his own.
Ian decided he'd cross the country from east to west, running from and to the Irish Motor Neuron Disease centres in Dublin and Galway.
While organising the event, he managed to convince Tom to join him.
He is supported by the IMNDA, the Garda Athletic Club, of which they are both members, An Garda Siochana and numerous TV & radio personalities.