AN ambitious fundraiser has already started out on his mission to run the length of Ireland to raise money for cancer charities.
Pádraig Belton is running the length of Ireland – 400 miles – from Malin to Mizen, for Macmillan Cancer Care. The run, which began on October 1, follows on from his cycle last year from Land’s End to John o’ Groats, for Royal London Hospital’s Trauma Unit, which also ended on that date.
The 37 year old, a journalist who splits his time between London and Dublin, explained: “I’m running in memory of my mother, who recovered from cancer twice. I’ll be trying to get myself to Mizen Head and the bottom of Ireland for the anniversary of her death, on October 12. I’m grateful to do this in support of a few friends of mine who are now living with cancer. Macmillan has been a top organisation, and I owe it deeply for its support to them.”
He added: “I’ll get there, as long as my knees hold out and the lorries and tractors give me a wide berth! I would be very grateful it there are any locals that might be inclined to jog along with me for a bit, or douse me in a bucket of water along a rural R-road.”
Pádraig believes he is the first person to attempt to run the length of Ireland solo and unaccompanied which, he quips, “is probably down to not knowing anyone with a car”. He will be hosted on each night by “a combination of Lions Clubs, Rotary Clubs, town councillors, and other unsuspecting locals” and will be tweeting from the road, with stories of those he meets as he traverses Ireland at https://twitter.com/CyclingPaddy. His route is available at www.justgiving.com/RunPaddy where donations can also be made.
Pádraig’s ambitious plan is to make the event a triathlon in 2015, by swimming the Channel, in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society.