Gruelling Challenge

Charity group to complete gruelling marathon challenge in Dundalk

The Children’s Cancer Unit Charity

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Charity group to complete gruelling marathon challenge in Dundalk

The runners are aiming to raise £100,000 for the Children’s Cancer Unit

A group of ambitious and determined runners will arrive in Dundalk this Sunday on the fourth day of their grueling challenge in aid of The Children’s Cancer Unit Charity.

The runners will be running a marathon at the DKIT Sports Pitches as part of their 32-day challenge which sees them undertake 32 marathons in each of the 32 counties of Ireland. Team CCU32 will be running the same route as the weekly Dundalk Parkrun but extending the usual 5k route to the full 26-mile marathon distance by repeating the course approximately 8.5 times until they reach the target.

Paul Tyrell from the team explained the rationale for the challenge and encouraged others to join them where they could. He said:

“It was my friend Noel McNally’s idea to undertake this challenge of 32 marathons in 32 days in 32 counties – he knew I was mad enough to get involved so it didn’t take me long to sign up. We will be taking each day and each run at a time, focusing on the distance as opposed to times. For that reason, we would really love if members of the public would come out to cheer us on or join us on any of the runs in their area – even if only for a mile or two – as that would really help spur us on and get us over the line each day.

“The runners behind CCU32 all have healthy kids and we don’t take this for granted, so we wanted to give something back to families less fortunate than ourselves.  I have been working at The Royal Victoria Hospital for 24 years, so we decided to raise money for their Children’s Cancer Unit. I am using all my annual holiday leave, but it’ll all be worth it, especially if we can raise our target.”  

The team are aiming to raise £100,000 in order to buy a new ultrasound scanner for the Children’s Cancer Unit at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children. Speaking at the launch of the CCU32 Challenge, Jacqueline Wilkinson from the Children’s Cancer Unit Charity said:

“We are really excited and equally nervous about this colossal challenge that the CCU32 team have undertaken. Without their efforts and their support, we could not continue to assist the medical team and staff at the Children’s Cancer Unit or help to create a more welcoming and comfortable environment for their young patients and families.

“The ultrasound scanner that they are raising funds for is a vital piece of equipment that is greatly needed at the Unit, so we are incredibly grateful for their plans to reach such an ambitious target. The Children’s Cancer Unit Charity wishes the team the best of luck and we will be cheering them on the whole way.”

CCU32 will begin their run at DKIT at 10am and members of the pubic are encouraged to join them throughout their run to help raise awareness and support during the challenge.

The CCU32 team are appealing for the public to help them raise their target of £100,000 by visiting their Just Giving page at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ccu32.