Six Marathons Challenge to pass through Newry

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Friday, September 13th, 2013
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Six marathons in six days in six counties is the mammoth task that Lurgan man Michael Allen is tackling to raise money for Macmillan.

Michael Allen is pictured with the framed and signed Ulster Rugby Shirt which will be raffled as part of the Six Marathons Challenge to raise money for Macmillan

Michael will run six marathons in counties across Northern Ireland from Monday, 16th September to Saturday, 21st September in a bid to raise £10,000. The seeds for the mentally and physically grueling challenge were sown after Michael read Gerry Duffy’s book, ‘Who Dares, Runs’. Michael explained, “Gerry Duffy ran 32 marathons in 32 days in 32 counties across Ireland. I read his book and was inspired. “I have always enjoyed running and have run from my teenage years – never competitively but more for my own health and well being and as a personal challenge. “My Mum has fought breast cancer and I lost my Granda to prostate cancer. Macmillan played a big part in their care and I had been considering different ways to raise funds and awareness for the organisation. “After reading the book I thought, I could do something like that and that was it – Six Marathons was born.” Michael has been in training for months and will now run marathons in Counties Down, Fermanagh, Tyrone, Derry, Antrim and Armagh. He continued, “I have been training for months and am currently tapering now in preparation for the main event. The support to date has been overwhelming with family, friends, work colleagues and many members of the public getting behind the Six Marathons challenge. “We have raised £5,000 so far but really need to get to the £10,000 target. There are lots of different ways you can be part of Six Marathons. Firstly you can take part in the event or you can sponsor someone who is taking part. “You can run a marathon in any of the counties or even take part in a 10k run. Details for registering for the marathons are available on Macmillan’s website. Alternatively you can organise your own fundraising event under the Six Marathons banner.” As part of the fundraising efforts a raffle will take place during October to win a signed and framed Ulster Rugby shirt. You can buy raffle tickets by donating a minimum of £2 to Michael’s Just Giving page at or by texting MALL66 £2 to 70070. Michael continued, “Six Marathons is not about me – it is about supporting a charity who gives so much to people right across Northern Ireland and I am asking everyone in Northern Ireland to come out and support us when we run through your county. “All of the money raised will stay in Northern Ireland and help Macmillan provide much needed care and support to people who need it most at a devastating time in their lives.”

All marathons begin at 10am.

DAY 1 – MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 16TH – County Down: Warrenpoint to Newcastle Promenade – Start just beside the Fire Sation in Warrenpoint, Charlotte Street, Church Street, Queen Street, Seaview, Rostrevor Road, Shore Road, Newry Road (Kilkeel), The Square (Kilkeel), Newcastle Street, Newcastle Road, Ballymartin Hamlet, Annalong, Glassdrumman Road (10k begins just short of post office on A2), Ballagh Road, Kilkeel Road (Newcastle), South Promenade, Central Promenade, Bryansford Road, Shimna Road, Bryansford Avenue, Dundrum Road, Railway Street, main Street, Newcastle Centre.

DAY 2 – TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17TH – County Fermanagh: Enniskillen – Start at Lakeland Forum, Wellington Road, Henry Street, The Brook, Derrygonnelly Road, Lough Shore Road, B81, Henry Street, Wellington Road, Belmore Street, Tempo Road, Castlecoole Road, Dublin Road, Lough Yoan Road, Dublin Road, Lakeland Forum.

DAY 3 – WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18TH – County Tyrone: Omagh Leisure Centre, Old Mountfield Road, Bridge Street, Crevenagh Road, Old Crevenagh Road, Hospital grounds, Donaghaine Road, Deverney Road, Hospital Road, Killyclogher Road, Castleview Road, Gortin Road, Cappagh Road, Strathroy Road, Gortin Road, Mount Joy Road (route is completed twice), Omagh Leisure Centre.

DAY 4 – THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19TH – County Derry: Limavady Lesiure Centre, Ballyclose Street, Main Street, Connell Street, Irish Green, Catherine Street, Ballykelly Road, Clooney Road, Ballykelly Road, Clooney Road, Craigbrack Road, Killylane Road, Moulton Park, Mill Path, Coolafinny Road, Donnybrewer Road, Cloghole Road, Clooney Road, Caw Roundabout, Clooney Road, Limavady Road, King Street, Spencer Road, Chapel Road, Glendermott Road, Bonds Street, Glendermott Road, Dungiven Road, Crescent Link, Foyle Bridge, Culmore Road, The Quay Trail, Peace Bridge and finish at Ebrington Sqaure (Derry).

DAY 5 – FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20TH – County Antrim: Glenarm to Carrickfergus: Public car park opposite Seaview Primary school, Coast Road, Glenarm, Coast Road, A2, (10k run to cmmence at the junction of Rawbrae Road/Belfast Road, Whitehead), Irish Gate, Albert Road, St Brides Street, North Road, Prince William Way, Carrickfergus Leisure Centre.

DAY 6 – SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21ST – Country Armagh: (Four laps of the following course with the 10k run commencing on the last lap at the junction of The Mall and College Hill) Armagh City Hotel, Friary Road, Mall East, College Hill, Deansbridge Roundabout, Portadown Road, Drummanmore Road, Ballybrannon Road, Loughgall Road, Railway Street, Mall East.

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