Friends from Coolock set to go the distance to raise funds for homeless

by Kim O Leary
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Eight sporty young friends from Coolock in Dublin are set to run around Memorial Park to raise much needed funds for homeless people.

The group of friends taking part in the ultra-marathon are James Cosgrave, Keith Cleary, Stephen Curtis, Dean Smith, Shane Andrews, Tosh Ward, Darren McCormack and Sean Glen.

The sporting enthusiasts will run at least 50km each (40 laps) around the Memorial Park on April 24th, with all monies going to Inner City Helping Homeless.

Speaking to the Dublin Gazette, organiser James Cosgrave said that they are hoping to smash their target of €10,000 through the GoFundMe.

The friends have already raised close to €3,000 and they are hopeful that the great community spirit in Dublin will help them achieve their goal.

Explaining how they were inspired to undertake the ultra-marathon challenge, James said it all started in a WhatsApp chat.

“We feel that ICHH are a great organisation and one that really depend on the support from the local communities,” he said.

The ultra-marathon will be the first for the eight friends from Coolock, with a mix of runners running the longest distance of 15km.

For James and his friends, an extensive training regime is currently underway.

“Training started on the 15th of February, so that gives us 10 weeks to prepare. It’s going well so far but we haven’t started with the big distances just yet, so the bodies will be in shock soon,” said James.  

Pictured are Coolock friends James Cosgrave, Keith Cleary, Stephen Curtis, Dean Smith, Shane Andrews, Tosh Ward, Darren McCormack and Sean Glen.

Meanwhile, it’s been a difficult few months for the homeless population living in inner city Dublin due to the pandemic.

“Any time is a tough time for homeless people to be fair so regardless of what is going on in the world their main problem is being on the streets,” explained James.

Meanwhile Inner City Helping Homeless has tweeted their support for James and his friends as they gear up for the ultra-marathon.

Inner City Helping Homeless was founded in November 2013 as a result of the increased number of people sleeping rough around Dublin City.

For more information about its services visit www.ichh.ie

To donate visit the GoFundMe page here

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