Wednesday 16 October 2019

A marathon effort for one super-fit family

The 31 members of the Hughes Family who are running the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon today.
The 31 members of the Hughes Family who are running the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon today.
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IT won't matter how long it takes them because provided they all cross the finish line the Hughes family will set a new record.

Thirty-one members of the family from Westport will pound the pavements around Dublin today along with 14,000 other marathon runners.

The Hughes family first made history 30 years ago when eight brothers ran the course, but that record has since been claimed by an American family of 16 named Kapral.

But now they want to break the Guinness World Record for the 'most family members to complete a marathon'. Relatives have flown from UK, the US, Spain and Germany for the unusual reunion at the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon.

They have also raised over €45,000 for Irish Charity On the Road.

Around 10,600 Irish participants have signed up for the gruelling run around the city and they will be joined by almost 4,000 runners representing 47 countries for the 35th annual event.

The winner will collect a €10,000 cash prize and a year's worth of free electricity.

Major traffic restrictions will be in place around the city, with many roads having been closed at 4am this morning. Runners will take a slightly altered route this year due to construction works linked to the Luas.

They will start on Fitzwilliam Square as normal taking in the City Hall and Dublin Castle, before entering the quays and moving to the Phoenix Park.

The race will finish at Merrion Square.

Full results in your 16-page supplement in Tuesday's Irish Independent

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