Gardai swap beat for Munich Marathon
A TEAM of gardai will be upping the tempo tomorrow as they swap the beat for a gruelling marathon.
Over 100 members of An Garda Siochana -- among them Olympic boxer Adam Nolan -- will take part in the Munich Marathon under the watchful eye of their mentor, former world champion runner, Senator Eamonn Coghlan.
The challenge is part of the Great Garda Run 2012 and the gardai hope to raise over €100,000 for Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin.
Deputy Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan and former Republic of Ireland footballer and Great Garda Run patron Paul McGrath cheered off the gardai as they left Dublin Airport bound for Germany.
Spokesman for the group, Inspector Niall Featherstone of the Garda Community Relations Section, said spirits were high as they prepared for the marathon.
"There are 103 people and there are a few nerves for Sunday but once we get going we'll be fine," he said.
Mr Coghlan will be providing a "marathon clinic" for the gardai today in which he will brief them on the importance of nutrition and keeping hydrated during the run.
He also travelled with a team of gardai when they competed in the Chicago Marathon in 2009.
All members of the team pay for their own expenses incurred in the trip, meaning that every cent raised goes directly to the children's hospital.