A WHEELCHAIR athlete completed his 450th marathon yesterday in Cork - one of the many inspiring stories from the 8,000 competitors.
Jerry Forde from Blarney crossed the finish line of the Irish Examiner Cork City Marathon with a time of 4:42:58 and is already looking forward to his next marathon in Wexford next Sunday.
Jerry was born with Spina Bifida and developed a love for racing while in hospital as a child.
Speaking in relation to the momentous day for him, a relaxed Jerry said: “I’m feeling grand. I would say to people get out and just do it; there’s no point in sitting at home doing nothing, that’s bad for the mind and body. It’s enjoyable and the craic is good!”
The overall winner of the marathon was Gerry O'Hanlon from Clonliffe Harriers, who also won last year.
His time yesterday was 2:21:43.
The second place went to Corkman Tim O'Donoghue, East Cork AC.
Also taking part yesterday were eight visually impaired runners, each of who ran with a guide. They ran to raise funds for the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind.
Glasheen woman Mary Murphy took part in her 200th marathon yesterday at the age of 60 years.
Another ‘marathon man’ who hit his 840th marathon was Dave Brady, aged 68, from Dublin.
More than 8,000 athletes took part in the event.