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Posted on | October 27, 2009 | No Comments

Last Monday I spent cheering on the some of the 10,000 or so runners in the Dublin Marathon. It  was a really uplifting and emotional day which I thoroughly enjoyed.

My brother was attempting the marathon in aid of Cystic Fibrosis Association of Ireland and old friend Eoghan was running for Dundalk Mental Health association.

Myself and Fionn headed up on Sunday night and stayed with Auntie Paula. We were up and on the road to pick up Uncle Philip by 8.30 and in position at the Phoenix Park gates by 9. We were running a very efficient strategic operation by  mobile phone in conjunction with Kieran’s better half, Louise who was ably supported by daughters Chloe and Abigail.

Thus began the day of many races across the city to keep touch with our runners armed with supplies of fruit pastilles, water and energy drinks. We had great fun at the Dolphin’s Barn end of South Circular road. The supporter crowd were vocal and brilliant craic. Was spotted by Wicklow school friend, Kathryn who was running the race and finished in a great time under the 5 hour mark with four other Wicklow ladies. Congrats Kathryn.

By the end of the day, our hands were battered and bruised from clapping, our voices hoarse from cheering, roaring, encouraging  and legs sore from legging it from point a to b.

Fionn’s favourite runners of the day were the Joker, the guy running backwards, the soldier in full uniform and backpack,  and the man dresses as a yellow butterfly.

I loved the day. It reminded me of what we can do when we put our minds to it. The goodwill and optimism were immense.

Massive respect and congrats to Kieran, his colleague Ronan and Eoghan. You finished in style.  Well done lads, I’m very proud of you all.

And big thanks to the lady who lives on the Stillorgan dual carriageway who came to our rescue and allowed us in to her home when Fionn urgently needed a loo. ;-)

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