Wednesday 28 September 2016

'Trainer' Ray D'Arcy supports wife Jenny Kelly in 'incredible' Paris marathon

Sharon McGowan

Published 14/04/2015 | 07:32

Newlyweds Ray D'Arcy and Jenny Kelly
Newlyweds Ray D'Arcy and Jenny Kelly

Ray D'Arcy swapped the RTE studio for the streets of Paris to support wife Jenny Kelly as she competed in the city's annual marathon.

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Jenny (42), who produces Ray's weekday RTE radio show, ran her first ever marathon in the city on Sunday and was cheered on by her presenter husband

After completing the 26-mile course in an impressive 4hr 42mins, Jenny took to Twitter to thank her biggest fan Ray for the support.

Posting a picture of the couple standing together after she crossed the finish line, the producer wrote: "Celebrating under the Arc de Triomphe with my number one supporter and trainer #MarathonDeParis.

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Delighted with her achievement, the mum-of-one also tweeted "The atmosphere was incredible. Came in at 4.42 with a very large smile on my face #MarathonDeParis" She added: "What an amazing day! Running through the streets of Paris with 55,000 people all intent on one goal - to run 26 miles and 385 yards."

RTE presenter Kathyrn Thomas congratulated Jenny on her success as she filled in for Ray on his afternoon radio slot. It's a huge achievement for her," The Voice of Ireland host said live on air yesterday. "I hope Ray that you're treating her to a slap-up six course lunch somewhere with lots of wine, followed by a massage."

"(Jenny) tweeted me, 'It was one of the best things I've ever done. The place, the people, the atmosphere. I now know the secret to why people do it - it's to feel alive.'"

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After seeing Jenny's success, the Operation Transformation star admitted she has set her own marathon goals for this year.

Despite failing to achieve her dream of running her first marathon by the age of 35 due to injury last year, fitness fanatic Kathryn (36) revealed that she's on course to compete in this year's Dublin City Marathon in October.

"I had myself down to do the Dublin marathon last year and injured myself," she explained. "I tore the IT band in my leg. I said I was going to run one by the time I'm 35 and I'm down to do it this year for October.

Ray D'Arcy and Jenny Kelly
Ray D'Arcy and Jenny Kelly

"It's kind of a scary thing. You put so much time into it," she said.

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