Man undertakes six marathons back to back for charity

Anne Sheridan

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Anne Sheridan

Noel McCarthy checking the route with fellow runner Patrick Mercie before he set off on his journey this Tuesday
FOR some, running one marathon would be an achievement in itself. But one man has undertaken an ambitious test to run six marathons back to back this week.

FOR some, running one marathon would be an achievement in itself. But one man has undertaken an ambitious test to run six marathons back to back this week.

After running his first of six marathons this Monday – running from Ennis to Shannon and back – Noel McCarthy, 37, set off on his second marathon from the People’s Park in Limerick this Tuesday morning.

Up to a dozen Limerick runners accompanied Noel on his 26-mile journey around the city, taking in the Great Limerick Run route, including Limerickman Patrick Mercie, who has endeavoured to undertake 16 marathons for charity this year.

Noel, who is from Portroe, outside Nenagh and is living in Clonmel, is using his summer holidays for a worthy cause, and to date has raised more than €1,000 for Bumbleance, the charity which makes ambulance journeys to hospital for critically ill children less stressful.

“They are based in Kerry and I thought I would base the runs in Munster,” said Noel, who is the manager of Aldi in Clonmel.

“I’ve done five marathons so far this year to prepare for it, including the Great Limerick Run in May, so I know the route, although I’m trying to remember it.

“My biggest challenge is to try and slow myself down, so that I can get through the week in one piece. That’s what I’ve found to be the biggest challenge is trying to go slow, though as the week goes on that should be no problem,” he told the Limerick Leader yesterday.

“It’s great to have the supporters here in Limerick. When you have someone to talk to you just don’t notice the miles passing by.

“When you’re on your own you’re very focused on what you’re doing.”

The last marathon will take place in Tralee in Kerry on Saturday, and he will also take in his home county and Waterford earlier in the week.

To make a donation see his fundraising page - https://www.idonate.ie/fundraiser/64078_noel-mccarthy-s-fundraising-page.html