Saturday 14 December 2019

Blackrock hurler breaks the most Irish world record imaginable during the Cork Marathon

Will Slattery

Will Slattery

Cork might not have been in action in the hurling championship on Sunday, but the Rebel County still provided the sport with a piece of history over the Bank Holiday weekend.

While Waterford edged Clare in a highly entertaining Munster semi-final in Semple Stadium yesterday, would-be Cork Marathon runners were putting the finishing touches on their preparations for the gruelling 26.2 miles ahead of them today.

For Damien Coleman, it was a bit like readying himself for a game of hurling as the man from the Blackrock club in Cork chose the the Bank Holiday Monday marathon as the time to break a truly Irish world record.

Coleman finished the marathon in a time of four hours and twenty eight minutes - the twist being that he did so having soloed a sliotar on his hurley the entire way.

Coleman's time is a new world record, smashing the previous mark of six hours.

"Hopefully I will be coming up here [towards the finish line] at about half past one with my arm intact," Coleman told RedFM before the marathon.

"I wanted to raise money for Blackrock hurling club and the Simon Community."

Coleman wasn't the only heartwarming story to come out of the marathon either - 80-year old couple Kay and Joe O'Regan from Wexford crossed the finish line hand-in-hand after five hours and twenty five minutes.

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Also, another world record was broken by Gerard McClean, who completed his run in four hours and twenty minutes in full paramedic gear including steel toe capped boots.

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Philip Harty won the men's event overall, while Nollaigh O'Neill took the women's.

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