Tom runs rings around The Lough to end 40-marathon feat

Tom runs rings around The Lough to end 40-marathon feat

Tom O’Riordan who completed his 40th marathon by running around the lough 32 times. Tom was running in aid of the Simon Community and in memory of his late brother. He is pictured running with friends Ken Ince, Stephen Ryan and Karen Leahy. Picture: Dan Linehan

A Cork man completed his 40th marathons in the past 36 weeks yesterday, raising thousands for a homeless charity in the process.

Tom O’Riordan’s exploits have seen him raise more than €3,500 for the Cork Simon Community.

Tom hails from Togher originally and a family of nine.

His brother Billy passed away tragically 30 years ago at the age of 15.

Tom’s fundraising efforts for charity were in memory of his late brother and to mark the 30th anniversary of his passing.

Yesterday morning, he completed the final of a phenomenal 40 marathons in 36 weeks by setting out from Douglas at 7am and running more than 30 laps of the famous Cork Lough.

He was cheered on by dozens of supporters, some of whom joined in on as he ran rings around The Lough.

When he finished local councillor Fergal Dennehy made a short speech paying tribute to Tom’s efforts and presented him with a glass award honouring his tremendous achievement.

Tom said his mammoth marathon challenge made him feel closer to his late brother.

He explained that yesterday’s run allowed him solitude to think about his sibling.

“I was on my own for about 15 minutes and I had a lot of time to think about him,” he told RedFM afterwards.

“I was getting emotional.

“It’s a good day, but a very emotional day,” he added.

“I was thinking a lot about him — I’m glad it’s over but I am going to miss the bond we had during this.”

The GoFundMe page entitled ‘Tom and Billy’s Marathon Madness For Simon’ is still active online with all proceeds going to Cork Simon.

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