So that's it! Marathon no: 52 of 52 Marathons in 52 Weeks in aid of Breast Cancer Ireland done in my home town of Ballinasloe Co Galway. What can I say it was a fantastic day - the support and energy and positivity around the course was unbelievable thanks to everyone the took part to make it a day I will never forget. From the marshals, civil defence, ballinasloe cycle club and everyone that helped out on the day thank you Gullanes Hotel for giving us a base and tea and sandwiches and Marathon Club Ireland for hosting the event.
After his sister was diagnosed with breast cancer, one man set out to boost awareness of the disease – by running 52 marathons in a year. Aiden Sheridan, from Ballinasloe in Co Galway, embarked on the gruelling task to show support for his sibling Jennifer and raise funds for Breast Cancer Ireland.
Speaking to the Irish Sunday Mirror, the 38-year-old said, like most men, he found it hard to discuss the subject with his sister when she got the news last year. Instead he decided to show how much he cared for her by taking to the roads of Ireland. He said: “My sister Jennifer was diagnosed with breast cancer in the middle of last year.
“Most men don’t know how to talk about boobs and breast cancer.
“I have five sisters who are all able to chat away with her about it but I felt uncomfortable talking about it.
“I was a bit shy that way so I decided to show my support in another way.
“When she was diagnosed everybody was in shock, it was so out of the blue.
“Nobody in the family had ever had
it plus she was the youngest of the five sisters too.”
Aiden, who has already completed 44 marathons so far, said the toughest part of the challenge to date has been the early morning starts to get to the races.
He added: “I came up with the idea last December to run 52 marathons in 52 weeks.
“I only started running in 2012 and had never done anything like this before.
“The early mornings is a killer. It’s not running the actual marathons but getting up at 3am to drive to most of them.
“I’m currently on 44 marathons and hope to complete the 52 on November 5 in Ballinasloe which is being organised by Marathon Club Ireland.
“Jennifer thought I was mad. She’s very happy I’m doing it. She has never ran so she thought I was taking on the task.
“Jennifer finished her treatment in March and everything is looking great
And Aiden said he is hoping to raise €5,250.
He added: “I would obviously love to raise as much money as I can.
“I’m currently at just under €5,000. It’s for such a great cause that I would love to get more than my target.”
Anyone who is interested in supporting Aiden and donating to the cause can do so at www.mycharity.ie/event/52marathonsin52weeks
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