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Marathon men 'elated' after epic charity run

A BOUT of hypothermia and a spell in hospital did not stop two men completing over five consecutive marathons, after 38 hours of running last night.

Mike Sheridan, from entertainment.ie, and Brian Maher, from Spin FM, had set out to run 126 miles in aid of Special Olympics but ended up running at least 10 miles more than that.

Last night, they were greeted by a huge crowd of well-wishers and supporters as they ran the last few metres to the top of Grafton Street in Dublin.

Brian looked close to collapse but according to Mike, he had actually fared best of the two, running practically the entire distance.

"The first couple (of marathons) were easy, the third not so much and then it got dark and really cold," said Mike, who said he had to walk most of the final 26-mile marathon, meeting up with Brian again in Lucan for the final run into the capital.

The pair set off from O'Connell Street, Limerick, on Thursday morning at 7am, running through the night to finish in Dublin city centre shortly after 9.30pm last night.

During the cold, dark hours of the early morning, Brian suffered from hypothermia and had to sit into a car for about 25 minutes to warm up and take on some additional liquids.

And Mike had so much trouble with his back, hip and leg that he had to call into Naas Hospital to see the physiotherapist, where he was advised not to continue.

Advice he evidently ignored.

So how did he feel at the finish? "I'm just glad it's over. I've been looking forward to the end for about 40 hours now," he said.

And Brian? "I'm elated but it definitely wasn't an easy challenge."

Anyone who would like to add to their fund for Special Olympics Ireland can visit www.challenge126.com.

Irish Independent