Limerick runners attempt to break world record

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UL_LogoOVER 100 runners from all over Limerick will come together at the University of Limerick this Sunday, January 11 at 11am in an attempt to break the world record for a relay marathon and enter the Guinness World Record books.

The current record stands at two hours and 10 minutes and 52 seconds, which means runners will have to average 74 seconds per lap to break the record.

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Each runner will complete a 400m lap of the running track in UL. The final 105th lap is a group event for anyone wishing to be involved in this challenge.

This event is the brain child of Derek Casey from Limerick Brakes, who are kindly sponsoring this event.

Derek commented, “ I am a member of a local running club in south Limerick called An Brú Ac and after competing in this year’s Dublin Marathon, I decided i wanted to give something back to a charity while also setting a challenge for myself.”

“I am delighted to help a local charity, Cliona’s Foundation, who provide financial support to families with a seriously ill child. Cliona’s Foundation believes that no family should have to face any added financial stress when they are already struggling to cope with the devastation and trauma of a seriously ill child. We are delighted to be involved with the Cliona Foundation and with both Brendan and Terry Ring,” said Derek.

All proceeds raised in advance and on the day will go to the Cliona Foundation.

The goal on the day is to break the world record and to raise much needed funds for Cliona’s Foundation. Gary O’Hanlon, a well known athlete from Clonliffe Harriers, will kick off the relay marathon.

Registration is €10, which is payable on the day or people can donate to www.mycharity.ie/event/clionas_foundation_relay_marathon.

For further details, please contact Derek Casey on 086 0693600 or log onto the facebook page Cliona’s Foundation Marathon Relay.