This month, one man dares to run a challenge like no other – a lap of Ireland 917 miles long. In a bid to Act F.A.S.T and strike out stroke in aid of the Irish Heart Foundation’s lifesaving campaign, 21 year old Alan Corcoran will face the challenge of his life.
On June 9th, Alan will cross the Donegal border as part of his attempt to be the first person EVER to run a lap of Ireland. The student will run for three days in Donegal, passing through Letterkenny, Donegal Town, Ballyshannon, and along the banks of Lough Foyle as part of his monumental journey around the country
In a test to match the great sporting stars of the European Championships and Olympic Games this summer, Alan dreams of setting a new record for Ireland as he endeavours to run 35 back-to-back marathons around the country in just 35 days. And as his own father Milo Corcoran, former President of the FAI, gets ready to support the Irish team in Poland, Alan remembers last year when things were very different for his family.
Alan said: “My dad suffered a stroke in March last year which left him wheelchair bound and facing into months of rehabilitation. Thankfully by recognising the symptoms of stroke he got to hospital in good time and has almost made a full recovery. Over the coming weeks I will run 917 miles around Ireland, but each mile, no matter how difficult, will be nothing compared to the gruelling journey thousands of stroke victims face every day. Stroke can kill and it can severely disable with very little warning which is why everyone needs to know how to Act F.A.S.T. I hope the public will get behind me and donate vital funds to support the Irish Heart Foundation’s Act F.A.S.T campaign so more people get to hospital at the first sign of stroke.”
The final year town planning student at DIT is also hoping to encourage other marathoners to join him for the final leg of his lap of Ireland attempt, at the Viking marathon in Waterford on June 30th.
The Irish Heart Foundation’s FAST campaign has so far saved hundreds of lives and YOU can help bring it back to the airwaves by donating just €1 for every marathon Alan completes by visiting www.35marathonman.ie Money raised will go towards Act F.A.S.T in the Irish Heart Foundation, the National Rehabilitation Centre and the Football Village of Hope charity.
To run with Alan, participants are asked to raise €350 and register for the Waterford Viking Marathon by visiting www.waterfordvikingmarathon.ie