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Survivors cheer on marathons-for-cancer pair

DUBLIN cancer survivors will today provide a marathon guard of honour for two young men who aim to raise €500,000 for cancer research through a muscle-defying series of challenges.

Sean Buckley and James Colbert hope to raise €500,000 for Breakthrough Cancer Research (BCR) through an incredible set of adventures over 18 days including a 120km Shannon swim, a 1,780km cycle across all 32 Irish counties and then four full marathons.

The two young men may be bruised and exhausted but they have now completed the swim, the cycle and the first two marathons.

The last two marathons take place today in Donabate, north county Dublin and tomorrow in Midleton, Co Cork.

Sean and James, who are cousins and veterans of Iron Man challenges, came up with the concept of raising money for cancer research after four family members fell victim to the disease in just five years.

These included Sean's own father, John, with whom he worked in a successful east Cork garage business.

"We were told that the cancer was treatable but not beatable. We want all cancers to be beatable," Sean said.

James said he felt his love of sport was the ideal way to show that cancer can be beaten if everyone works together.

Further details are available from: www.endurancechallenge.ie