Ardee man Peter Landy set off for Donegal on Wednesday afternoon ahead of the start of the 24 Marathons 24 Days event on Thursday, as Kerry’s Shane Finn takes on the most daunting of physical challenges all in aid of Spina Bifida & Hydrocephalus.
Peter, who’s daughter Hannah lives with Hydrocephalus, is part of the support team that will travel around the country with Shane on his journey which will see him run 24 full length marathons in 24 consecutive days. Peter (pictured above) is the national chairman of Spina Bifida & Hydrocephalus Ireland and takes a hands on role in many fundraising efforts for the association – including Shane’s marathon undertaking.
Today he left his home in Smarmore to head to Donegal where Kerry man Shane will begin the first of his marathons on Thursday morning. On Day One, he will run from Donegal Town to Mullaghmore, Co. Sligo. Next Thursday (June 29th), Shane will finish up day eight of his 24 marathons in Ardee.
After 636 gruelling miles, gym owner Shane will finish up his final marathon in his home town of Dingle, Co. Kerry on Saturday July 15th.
Speaking to ThisIsArdee.ie, Peter said that he has already received lots of support from local businesses by way of sponsorship in the run up to Shane coming to Ardee – and he is hopeful of generating even more support in the next week and beyond as Shane continues his remarkable fundraising journey.
“I am humbled by the support we have received from local businesses in the Ardee area so far who have responded in kind when we reached out for their support this month,” he said. “A number of companies have donated to our fundraising drive, while others have offered to help and accommodate us in Ardee when Shane and the team arrive next week.”
“SBHI have partnered up with Lidl Ireland and the supermarket will be generously supplying us with food and drink in our various stops throughout the country. That is no different in Ardee where we will be stocking up before we leave for day nine. NOSH Cafe Bistro have also kindly offered to feed Shane and the crew when we arrive in Ardee on Thursday – so I’d like to extend our gratitude to Paul and Bernie Svender for that kind gesture.”
Peter is hoping that a big crowd can come out to great Shane when he arrives in Ardee at the end of his eighth day of successive marathons – and the association chairman is urging people to give what they can to the fundraising efforts, and even get involved themselves.
“Over the years, we have always received great support from the people of Ardee through our church gate collections and street collections and we’re really hoping that people will come out and support Shane as he finishes the first third of his epic journey in Ardee,” he continued.
“We’re also encouraging people to involve themselves in helping Shane reach their fundraising target of €100,000 – and they can do that in any number of ways – as long as it involves 24; eat 24 donuts, wash 24 cars or even fasting for 24 hours.”
Three years ago, Finn tested himself with what seemed at the time the ultimate endurance test – running 12 marathons in 12 days to raise money for the SBHI. This year, he is doubling his efforts quite literally. The 24-year-old from Dingle is running for the cause which is very close to his heart as his cousin Mary lives with both Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus.
On the day the multi-marathon comes to Ardee, he will start in Castleblayney and make his way to finish for the day in Ardee via Carrickmacross. The following morning, Shane will start day nine in Dundalk en route to Bettystown.
In 2014, Shane’s tremendous efforts for 12 Marathons 12 Days raised €31,640 for SBHI and this year, he’s aiming to raise a minimum of €100,000. He will be starting and stopping in towns across 24 counties over the duration of the event and he hopes that people get out and support his efforts for the very worthy cause.
Peter first became involved with Spina Bifida & Hydrocephalus Ireland after the birth of his daughter Hannah in 1998. Hannah was born with hydrocephalus, which in simple terms, means ‘fluid on the brain.’
You can find much more information about 24 Marathons 24 Days – including how to donate, fundraising information and tracking Shane’s progress live – on the website by clicking here. And keep an eye out on ThisIsArdee.ie’s social media channels over the next week as we’ll be keeping an eye out on Shane’s progress as he heads for Ardee on the 29th! ThisIsArdee.ie is proud to be a media partner of 24 Marathons 24 Days in aid of Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Ireland.