A Cork teen, who took on a week-long walking challenge with the support of Cork Sanctuary Runners, has completed more than 200km in seven days.
Members of the Sanctuary Runners across Ireland took on a virtual challenge to complete as many kilometres as they could by either walking or running last week.
However, 17-year-old Fenella Riordan decided to set her own individual challenge as the Cork and Kerry groups combined to accumulate as many kilometres as possible.
Fenella, who has been a part of the Cork Sanctuary Runners since late 2018, managed to clock up more kilometres than anyone else in the country who took part.
Keeping within her 5km radius, the teen completed an average of 25-30km a day and on Sunday she faced her very own marathon, walking a total of 42kms.
“I finished the week on 206km which was great but honestly, the only reason I did it was because of the motivation of the group,” she added.
Fenella's achievement helped ensure victory for the Cork/Kerry group in the challenge, but she said it was a real team effort.
“There were people doing 20/30km runs even, so everyone put in such great effort and thankfully, the Cork and Kerry group did win the challenge so that was a great addition,” she said.
Despite not being able to come together during restrictions, members of the Sanctuary Runners continued to motivate one another throughout the week.
As a whole, groups across the country completed a total of over 81,000 kilometres over the course of the week which marked the third anniversary of the Sanctuary Runners.
Founder of The Sanctuary Runners, Graham Clifford commended Fenella’s ambitious challenge which proved to be a real motivator for other members.