On Sunday 25th July at 7am club member Kevin took on a monumentus Running Loopy challenge. The aim was to complete 12 hours of running & walking in loops around the Athletics track, all in aid of Arklow Cancer Support. Have a read of Kevins recap on how the day unfolded and the preperation for the event below.
“The day started bright and early arriving at the track around 6:40am to set up. With the help of Susan, Slawek and Gareth the gazebo, chairs and makeshift aidstation were assembled with ease!”
“At 7am I started what would be the first of many, many laps. My aim was to control the pace, nutrition and hydration to ensure I would still have enough left in the tank to run at the end. The heat played a big role. I was probably the only person in the country wishing for a cool day. As the loops and hours added up I made sure to keep the hydration and suncream topped up at all times.”
“I’m a big believer in ‘Fail to prepare, prepare to Fail’ so in the weeks leading up to the event I had practised nutrition and hydration on both a 4 hour looped run on the track and also a slow paced Marathon. This was crucial in finding out what I needed to eat and drink on the day which resulted in no major issues.”
“The support I received from everyone definitely helped me get through the day. I was lucky to have someone, be that friends, family or clubmates running & walking beside me for every second of the day. It’s amazing how just listening and chatting to another person helps the time tick by.”
“Adrenaline and excitement of seeing the finish line definitely kicked in during the final hour. The support crew broke away and left me to finish the final loop solo, although I never really felt alone. As the seconds ticked over 12 hours I stopped the watch, and my legs.”
“The whole reason behing the event was to raise much needed funds for Arklow Cancer Support. My own Father, a keen and excellent runner himself, ran his final Marathon in 1996 while undergoing treatment for cancer before passing away in 2001. His 3:58 time made it even more impressive.”
“There are literally too many people to thank individually but I hope everyone knows and appreciates how gratefull I am for their help and support. Together a total of €2,164.64 was raised! Below are a selection of great pictures taken by our resident Club Photographer Gareth!”