Newry man bids to make it sporty 40 with Berlin Marathon

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Friday, August 16th, 2013
Community, Sport, What's On
Newry man Cormac Cranney has a great deal of energy, and an eye for a good figure. This excess energy leads him to run marathons whenever possible, and the figure he has his eye on is 40. Cormac turns 40 this year and intends to celebrate the event by running in the Berlin Marathon. Coincidentally, the Berlin Marathon also celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. Cormac is not one to waste his time and energy; he will be using the Berlin Marathon to raise money for the Newry/Dundalk branch of Samaritans. By an amazing coincidence, this year is also the 40th anniversary of Samaritans starting to offer its services in the Newry/Dundalk area. The idea first came to Cormac on the 24th July last year when, as part of “Keep on Running” (official Guinness World Record Holders of the greatest distance covered by a relay team, 3,504.28 miles) Samaritans entertained runners, timekeepers and spectators, highlighting the date, 24/7, which reflects the service offered in the area. Cormac has another connection with Samaritans: his parents, Gerry and Frances Cranney are amongst the longest-serving Volunteers in the local branch, and are themselves stalwart fund-raisers for the cause. The local branch of Samaritans is located at 19 St Coleman’s Park, Newry and there is an Open Night coming up on Thursday 22nd August, at 7.30pm, where anybody interested can find out more about the work they do. Samaritans offer non-judgemental, confidential emotional support all day, every day so, if you need to talk, you can call in at the Branch, ring 028 (048) 302 66366, or email them at If you wish to donate please visit Cormac’s fundraising page:
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