Wednesday 11 December 2019

Irish woman aiming to become first blind athlete to complete seven marathons in seven days

Sinead Kane. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
Sinead Kane. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
Amy Molloy

Amy Molloy

Cork woman Sinead Kane is looking to run into the record books as she prepares to become the first visually impaired athlete to complete the World Marathon Challenge.

The race consists of seven marathons on seven continents in seven days including cities such as Sydney, Dubai and Madrid.

Born with only 5pc vision, Sinead, a solicitor and PhD researcher took to running in 2012 when she competed in the Mini Marathon.

Sinead was the first visually impaired Irish person to run an ultra-marathon and is also Ireland's first blind soilcitor.

She will be embarking on her journey on January 18 when she travels from Dublin to Chile and has received financial backing from Allianz, who agreed to meet her race fees.

Allianz announced a new partnership with the athlete on Monday.

Damien O’Neill, Allianz Head of Marketing and Communications said: "We are truly delighted to lend our support to Sinead as she prepares to take on the biggest sporting challenge of her life.

"Sinead's drive, ambition and determination to compete at a world level is an inspiration to us all and we wish her well as she dares to step into the record books."

Sinead will be accompanied by guide runner John O’Regan, a 47-year-old Dubliner with vast experience of international marathons.

The first race takes place in Antarctica on January 23, followed by Punta Arenas, Miami, Madrid, Marrakech, Dubai and finished in Sydney on January 29.

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