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Epic marathon challenge across Ireland completed for children's cancer charity

Runners cross the finish line after their 32nd marathon in 32 days at Mary Peters Track in Belfast
Seanín Graham

A GRUELLING target to run 32 marathons in 32 days covering every county in Ireland was finally completed yesterday as part of a drive to raise money for a Children's Cancer charity.

A group of runners led by Belfast man, Paul Tyrell, who works at Royal Belfast hospital for Sick Children, were elated as they crossed the finishing line at the Mary Peters Track to complete the epic challenge.

In total, they covered more than 838 miles across an expanse of 32,595 square miles in aid of the Children's Cancer Unit Charity.

Mr Tyrell, who is a member of the Beechmount Harriers running club, said they were "completely overwhelmed" with the support they have received while pounding the roads.

"People have come out every single day to support us and that has really helped us get through each day," he said.

"The inspiration for this challenge was simple. I work at the Children's Hospital at the Royal and know so much about the incredible work that is done at the Children's Cancer Unit. We wanted to do whatever we could to help, and so this idea came to life. We hope that people will continue to support us until we reach our fundraising target, which will allow The Children's Cancer Unit Charity to purchase a much needed piece of equipment."

Jacqueline Wilkinson from the charity expressed their gratitude and explained that the fundraising will go towards buying an ultrasound scanner.

"With the help of the CCU32 team's efforts we aim to make this possible, so we hope that everyone continues to show their support for this important cause."

Donations to the CCU32 campaign can be made at www.justgiving.com/ccu32.

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