Sunday 19 January 2020

Think your weekend is busy? Irish endurance runner to do four marathons in two days

Brian McGeown interviewed on UTV
Brian McGeown interviewed on UTV

An endurance runner in Northern Ireland is aiming to complete four marathons over one day this weekend.

Local businessman Brian McGeown hopes to cover 105 miles beginning on Saturday afternoon and finishing 24 hours later. He will pound the roads in and around Belfast and finish the test on a treadmill outside his city centre restaurant.

The restaurateur will be raising money for three children's charities: the Children's Heartbeat Trust; the Perinatal Trust, in the Royal Maternity Hospital in Belfast, and Sands NI.

Mr McGeown has already run from Cork to Belfast to raise thousands of pounds for good causes.

He said: "In all three cases hopefully me running like a wanting fool will raise both awareness and cash for what they do."

The Children's Heartbeat Trust supports families with children with congenital heart conditions.

Mr McGeown said his friend's son has been helped by the charity.

The Perinatal Trust offers intensive nursing care to babies that Mr McGeown said would not have survived without this service.

"Finally, there is Sands NI, who offer support to families dealing with stillbirth and neo-natal death.

"The heartache this inflicts upon would-be parents must be horrendous, and something I've struggled to put into words when offering sympathy, especially because it has been close relatives and friends who have suffered."

Last year, Mr McGeown ran from Cork to Belfast for three charities close to his heart - nine marathons in nine days. He also cooked Christmas dinner for the homeless and has a reputation for philanthropy.

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