'Couples who run together stay together' say pair with 211 marathons

Running couple, Brian and Julie Byrne, who between the two of them have run 211 marathons; the pair say that runners should never worry about time and should just enjoy the experience
Running couple, Brian and Julie Byrne, who between the two of them have run 211 marathons; the pair say that runners should never worry about time and should just enjoy the experience

Fergus Dennehy

Running 100 marathons should guarantee you bragging rights in any household; spare a thought then for Listowel's Brian Byrne who, having completed his 100th marathon on Saturday morning at the age of 70, still trails his wife Julie's achievement of running 111 marathons!

They are the first ever couple in the Marathon Club Ireland (MCI) to reach this milestone and Brian says that will have to double his efforts to catch her in the new year.

"I was out injured for a short  period last year and she snuck ahead of me in the runs. I was left in her dust. I have a bit to go yet to catch her!" he told The Kerryman on Monday.

With Julie having reached the 100 marathon milestone last year, Brian had the spotlight all to himself last weekend in Listowel as he crossed the finish line of the MCI Listowel Maathon & Half-Marathon, with family and friends there to celebrate his amazing achievement.

"There was so much happening at the finish line on Saturday that I didn't have time to cry," he laughed.

"I had my daughters home from New Zealand and Dublin, my son was home from England. My brothers and sisters came from Dublin so yeah, it was a big family reunion which was fantastic," he continued.

"Plus, I had all my running friends, who I'm so close to that we are like family as well so it was an amazing day, plus we had some big celebrations that night as well."

Of his plans for the future, Brian isn't setting any specific targets or goals, albeit one - to get back into mountain and trail running.

"The secret to running, which I encourage everyone to try is to throw away your watch, don't worry about times and just go out and have fun," he continued.

"Talk to people, walk with them and enjoy the experience, that's what I would say to anybody. Myself and Julie, when we run together, we have the chats, the laughs and we don't worry about things. She's an amazing lady he finished.

Kerryman

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