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Wexford man Mark Colclough hopes to become the oldest Irish man to swim the English Channel

Mark wants to to highlight challenges faced by people with Friedreich's Ataxia

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Mark Colclough.

Mark Colclough.

Mark with Marty Kilduff.

Mark with Marty Kilduff.

Mark preparing for his channel swim.

Mark preparing for his channel swim.

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Mark Colclough.

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Three years of intense training will culminate in a 15-hour swim across the English Channel but for Mark Colclough, the physical hardship he is preparing to undertake is nothing compared to what some people experience on a daily basis.

At 57, Mark “Cokes” Colclough will be the oldest Irish male to attempt to swim the 33 km English Channel when he takes the plunge in the coming days. However, while he recognises that the challenge is no small feat, he isn’t seeking fame or praise. Instead, he would prefer to shift the spotlight on to the reason he is doing this – to raise funds and awareness for Ataxia Foundation Ireland and those living with Friedreich’s Ataxia, an incurable muscle degenerative disease. 


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