Greystones man Brian wins DEBRA challenge
A Wicklow man was victorious in braving one of Ireland's toughest mountain races to help raise money for people battling the rare and very painful skin condition EB, also known as butterfly skin.
Brian Gurrin, Greystones, won the tenth annual DEBRA Ireland Wicklow Mountains Challenge half marathon.
Debra Ireland supports people living with EB (epidermolysis bullosa), an incredibly painful skin condition that causes the skin layers and internal body linings to blister and wound at the slightest touch.
The event attracts everyone from triathletes in the half marathon to those who have never run an off-road race before with many wearing an EB butterfly tattoo on their faces in support of patients living with this condition.
EB affects approximately 1 in 18,000 babies born and can range from mild to severe. Severe forms can be fatal in infancy or lead to dramatically reduced life expectancy, due to a range of complications from the disease.
There is no cure for the disease which affects adults and babies.
For more information see www.debraireland.org or text BUTTERFLY to 50300 to donate €4 to Debra Ireland.
Brian Gurrin won the 10th annual DEBRA Ireland Wicklow Mountains Challenge half marathon.