Brother's cancer battle inspires 400 mile run for charity

News Running to raise funds for Cancer Bus

Brother's cancer battle inspires 400 mile run for charity

A Donegal man has undertaken to run the equivalent of a marathon and a half for six days to raise money for a Donegal cancer charity.

Sammy Kilpatrick (58) from Raphoe, is running the 400 miles from Mizen to Malin to raise money for the Good And New Donegal Cancer Bus service, which transports patients between Donegal and Galway University Hospital.

Sammy, who has lived in London for 35 years, undertook the arduous challenge after his brother Robert successfully fought cancer.

Although Robert did not avail of the bus service himself, he told Sammy about it, and he thought it a worthy cause for the challenge.

After his brother won his battle against the disease Sammy, decided he wanted to do something to help cancer sufferers in his home county.

Sammy started the run on Tuesday and will cover between 65 and 70 miles a day and will be on the road for between 12 and 16 hours each day running from first light to dusk.

He plans to arrive in Malin on Sunday July 17th.

Sammy has been running since he was ateenger and has completed many so called ultra marathons.

Among the runs he has done is what is described the world's most challenging run, the Badwater Ultramarathon, a 135-mile run in California's Death Valley.

He has also completed the Spartathlon, the 153-mile run from Sparta to Athens in the footsteps of Pheidippides, who ran from Athens to Sparta to send a request for reinforcements before the battle of Marathon in 490 BC.

Sammy has also run 350 miles in just over three days so he says this challenge should be within his grasp if everything goes well.

It is three years since Robert was given the all clear and Sammy says he was inspired to do the run when he heard about the work of the Good and New cancer bus.

“I thought I would do it to raise awareness and funds for the Good and New service,” he said.

“It is self-funded and depends on volunteers and and I just wanted to help raise awareness and funds to help keep this service up and running. Because of Robert’s experience I just wanted to help out.”

To donate online for Sammy’s run, go to:, sponsor a fundraiser and type Samuel Kilpatrick in the search box and follow the online instructions.