As new year resolutions go, running one marathon might seem like a hefty task but a Cork city fireman is planning to run 32 marathons, in 32 counties in just 16 days and all of this is to raise money for us!
Alex O’Shea, a well-known ultramarathon runner and member of Cork City Fire Brigade’s Blue Watch, is currently putting a number of the logistics in place.
Alex previously broke the world record for running a marathon while in full firefighter attire – steel-toed boots, overalls and helmet included – in three hours and 41 minutes in 2014, beating the previous record by almost an hour.
Over the next few months, he will be assembling a team of people to help with his latest challenge, building a webpage and organising events in each of the 32 counties. Do you think you could help – Let us know!
Alex will have to hop between counties each day during the challenge and says getting to the start line of the second marathon on time each day will be a major hurdle.
“The first marathon of each day should start on schedule because we will cut sleep if needed to keep on schedule but after that,
we will be very much up against the clock to get to the second location and will be fighting fatigue, possible injury and delays,” added Alex. “If this happens, the timeline for the second marathon of each day could be affected and only time will tell for sure. Marathon two is entering into the unknown.”
Alex is now seeking sponsors to help with transport, fuel, accommodation, food and providing gear.
If you would like to support Alex in this challenge and become a sponsor or volunteer your time and skills let us know. Contact Anne Burns at: [email protected] or call us at HQ today at: 021 487 8200.
Alex is doing this amazing challenge to raise money for us! Donate today to help him acheive his goal!
Run with Alex
Alex is inviting you to join with him along this challenge of a lifetime! You can run a few kilometres or the full marathon it’s up to you!
Let us know which county you’d like to run with Alex in and we will get in touch once we have the details sorted!