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Thursday 18 January 2018

Heroes make a super attempt at breaking record

Grainne Cunningham

Clockwise from left: Dermot O'Sullivan with his son Matthew (1); a group dressed as superheroes; Derek Dalton, Leonia Lennon and dog Cleo; and Trish Lawlor and Carina Kelleher. They were all at the Superheroes Run in aid of Our Lady's Children's Hospital Crumlin, at the Phoenix Park, Dublin, yesterday. Leon Farrell/photocall

IT WAS a heroic attempt at record-breaking, but in the end, yesterday's Phoenix Park charity fun run was a few Batmen and Wonder Women short of a place in the Guinness Book of World Records.

But last night, organisers were confident it would raise more than €130,000 for Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children in Dublin.

Capes and underpants worn on the outside were the apparel of choice yesterday as hundreds of superheroes lined up to do their bit.

For many, it was a welcome opportunity to show off their inner hero, with Superman the favourite choice for the men and the super svelte Batgirl the preferred choice for the ladies.

Radio presenter Ray D'Arcy, aka Superman, was joined by his on-air sidekick Mairead Farrell, dressed as She-Ra. Sports star Eamonn Coghlan donned black leather for his Terminator impersonation, while Amanda Brunker was there as Batgirl.

More than 1,000 people ran, walked or teleported their way through the 5k distance, with families raising €150 and individuals raising €100 to take part.

The numbers fell short of the Guinness World Record for the most people dressed as superheroes in one place, which is 1,580.

Joe Quinsey, CEO of the Children's Medical and Research Foundation at Our Lady's Children's Hospital said: "We would like to thank everyone who turned up today. The turnout was fantastic and, most importantly, we have raised vital funds for the hospital."

Irish Independent

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