Clondalkin marathon man in latest epic charity challenge

by Padraig Conlon
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A Clondalkin man is set for another epic test of his endurance, when he runs two marathons in one day for a charity close to his heart.

Mark Conlon, from Bawnogue, is a vastly experienced marathon runner with over 200 under his belt so far.

Quite a few of those were gruelling feats of stamina, guts and endeavour like the challenge he did last year, when he completed 33 marathons in 33 days for the Peter McVerry Trust.

Or earlier this year, when he did 10 marathons in 10 days for Inner City Helping Homeless.

On the 27th October comes his latest legendary quest, when he will run a marathon in the morning before he takes part in the Dublin City Marathon!

Mark explained to Dublin Gazette how he is going to do this.

“I will be starting my journey at 2am on Sunday 27th (October), running my first 26.2 miles of 52 miles, running from Clontarf to Howth.

“I’ll do two laps of Howth Summit, then back to Clontarf, before I then go and run the Dublin Marathon.

“The first part is going to be difficult because I’m going to be running in the dark, on my own, with no one to give me water or food.

“It’ll probably be cold, it’s normally always freezing on the morning of the Dublin Marathon!

“I’m doing it to raise money for the Society of St Vincent De Paul.

“I’m doing this because when I was a teenager, I received assistance from our local SVP and since then I have always wanted to support them.

“I chose something extreme because it mirrors the extremes people are faced with, during tough times in their lives.

“I would love if any of your readers, or any businesses from the local area would like to support me, as SVP do great work for those in need.”

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