A marathon effort
There were plenty of family connections as Bellefield native Stephanie McKenna presented a cheque for €350 to Slaney Search & Rescue recently. Stephanie had completed the Wexford Marathon under the watchful expert eye of her father Donie Colfer and opted to raise funds for Slaney Search & Rescue with whom her husband Walter has recently qualified as a diver.
'I've been running for about six or seven years now and this was my second marathon,' she said. 'Last time around I did the Cork marathon for Touched by Suicide. My Dad trains me and for about six months he did out my schedule and told me what to do'
Conditions were fairly tough on the day, but thankfully Stephanie managed to make it over the line in one piece.
'It was 23 degrees on the day, so conditions were far from perfect,' she said. 'I didn't manage to hit a personal best, but I was just happy to get over the line.'
Having collected money from familiy, friends and colleagues at Bridgetown College, Stephanie was delighted to be able to hand over €350 to Slaney Search & Rescue.
'It was great to be able to do it,' she said. 'At least you know exactly where the money is going. Slaney Search & Rescue depend completely on fundraising and at theh moment they're trying to upgrade their facilities by the river and get out of the prefabs there, so I was delighted to be able to help in some small way.'
Chairman Shane O'Connor thanked Stephanie for her efforts.