Thursday 23 November 2017

Endurance duo head to Donabate

James Colbert and Sean Buckley will be taking part in the Endurance Challenge
James Colbert and Sean Buckley will be taking part in the Endurance Challenge

John Manning

TWO Cork men are making a trip to Donabate this weekend as part of a incredible endurance challenge that is taking them across the country in a bid to raise €500,000 for cancer research.

Breakthrough Cancer Research is calling on people to join the first ever Donabate Run on Saturday, August 30.

The run is part of an all-Ireland triathlon record attempt by two men who are trying to raise €500k for cancer research.

James Colbert and Sean Buckley from Cork will have completed an incredible 120km swim of the River Shannon, a cycle through every county in Ireland, and three regional marathons before running in four consecutive marathons, one in each province – an incredible 2068km in 22 days, in memory of Sean's father who passed away from cancer last year.

The Dublin run will take place on the beautiful grounds of the Newbridge House & Farm estate where runners will get the unique opportunity to run around the animal enclosure, woodland and meadow encircling the main house.

Organisers are hoping that members of the public will join the team for part of the run and registration is still open for 5km distances.

Commenting on the endurance test, James Colbert said: 'We have been training hard for the past 18 months and really hope people will get behind our efforts.

'It is only when cancer touches someone close to you that all your trust and hope goes into treatments, which stem from cancer research.

'We really hope our challenge will raise much needed awareness and funds for Breakthrough Cancer Research.'

His endurance partner Sean Buckley said: 'To have witnessed personally the pain and suffering that a cancer patient endures during treatment made me realise that any pain I would endure during the Endurance Challenge would pale in comparison.

'We are pleading to everyone to come out and take part in a run or cycle or to sponsor our efforts.'

If you can't run on the day, you can come out to show your support and Breakthrough Cancer Research is appealing to everyone to make a donation to this great cause by visiting or or simply texting BCR to 50300 to donate just €4 to Breakthrough Cancer Research.

Breakthrough Cancer Research funds the development of new treatment options for poor prognosis and incurable cancers that do not currently respond to conventional therapies.

They work closely with clinicians in practice all over Ireland to significantly impact on the number of people who can survive the disease.

Research programmes funded by Breakthrough Cancer Research must focus on translating lab discoveries into new treatment opportunities and over the past 15 years they have delivered more than five new treatments to patients throughout Ireland.

By supporting them, you can ensure that all cancer patients throughout Ireland have the opportunity to access the most up to date and effective treatment for their disease.

Endurance Challenge is sponsored by ESI technologies and EMC.

For further details see or call 1890 998 998.

The Endurance Challenge team have already swam 120 kilometres of the River Shannon, the longest river in Ireland and the UK, over 6 days from 3 to 8 August. The final section of this swim was open to experienced open water swimmers.

The cycling challenge took the team along historical and scenic routes through every county in Ireland, covering in excess of 1,780km.

Fingal Independent

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