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Meet some of the inspiring runners taking part in this year’s Cork City Marathon


Over the past three months I have interviewed a number of people from diverse backgrounds who all have one thing in common: this weekend they will take part in the Irish Examiner Cork City Marathon.

From a man attempting to run a marathon on every continent to a woman hoping to clock up 70 marathons by the end of her 70th year, check out their inspiring stories below.

PETER MOONEY

Peter Mooney

Peter Mooney will be taking part in his 85th marathon this summer when he runs the Irish Examiner Cork City Marathon.

Read his story here.

GER O’DEA

Ger O'Dea

Paramedic Ger O’Dea crosses every finish line with his daughter as his motivation.

Read his story here.

MARIE LYNCH

Marie Lynch

Marie Lynch is coming home to Cork to take part in her first ever marathon this summer.

Read her story here.

NIALL KAVANAGH

Niall Kavanagh

Don’t be surprised if you see Batman running past you in Cork in June— it’s just Niall Kavanagh taking part in the Cork City Marathon.

Read his story here.

DAN MCCANN

Dan MCCann

Dan McCann is an ambitious man. The New Jersey native, 30, will be taking part in the Cork City Marathon this June and it is the third leg of his attempt to join the Seven Continents Club.

Read his story here.

GAVIN O’CONNELL

Gavin O'Connell

Corkman Gavin O’Connell, 43, will take part in the Cork City Marathon having been told after an accident 26 years ago that he would never take part in part in physical sports again.

Read Gavin’s story here.

RÓISÍN BURKE

Roisin Burke

Róisín Burke, 29, from Limerick will be taking part in the half marathon at next month’s Cork City Marathon.

Read her story here.

PASCHAL SHEEHY

Paschal Sheehy

I run up to 20 miles. I don’t do marathons. I’m not running to be competitive. For me it is about exercise and physical and mental health,” says RTÉ News’ southern editor Paschal Sheehy, who will be running two legs of a relay in this year’s Cork City Marathon.

Read his story here.

GEORGE SHORTEN

Prof George Shorten

Professor George Shorten will be running the Cork City Marathon for a cause close to his heart. This year the CUH Charity is raising money for the hospital’s intensive care unit, the department he works in, with a ‘Run for your life’ initiative, encouraging fundraisers to take part in the marathon.

Read his story here.

PÁDRAIGÍN RIGGS

Padraigin Riggs

Pádraigín Riggs from Cork was encouraged to take up running five years ago by her daughter and has embraced the sport in the last few years, even setting an ambitious challenge for herself.

Read her story here.

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