32 Marathons

32 Counties

16 Days

What is 32 Marathons in 16 Days?

This is a huge charity challenge starting Sept 1st

32 Marathons, 1 in every county of Ireland

All to be completed in 16 days

So 2 marathons a day!

Join us on what will be a memorable experiance on your challenge.

You can Run – Jog – Walk we would love to see you

  • Alex O Shea a Fire fighter stationed in Cork City will attempt to run two marathons a day for 16 days covering all 32 Counties of Ireland so plenty of miles to be shared.
  • Ollie O Sullivan a member of An Guarda Siochana has Joined the team & will crew for Alex on this challenge. Not alone will Ollie be part of the crew he has set himself a big personal goal to run 50km a day everyday of the challenge.
  • We would love your support on this challenge & wii commision a special participants medal.
  • Join us for a mile
  • Join us for 5km
  • Join us for 5 miles or any distance you wish. Why not set your challenge.

Join us for any distance up to Marathon this is your part of the challenge and we would love to make it happen.This challenge will be both physically & mentally tough & will involve a lot of logistical planning. This will include looking for suitable locations to run in each county and of course minimising the time spent traveling. Alex will put in a lot of training to prepare for the challenge and looks forward to being joined by others who take on their own challenges & help raise funds for the Irish Guide Dogs For The Blind.This is a running challenge like none Alex has faced before, on a time scale that will push Alex to extraordinary lengths.


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We need your help to make this a success

Alex would love for you to come out join him in your county. Why not have a chat, run, anything from a mile or two up to a marathon all in aid of the Irish Guide Dogs For The Blind.                      

Alex will have to deal with weather conditions, The fatigue of running two marathons a day every day, He will have to balance nutrition & find time to physically take in enough calories to sustain a challenge remembering Alex will have to consume much of his calories while running. There is also the very important issue of staying well hydrated and maintaining a good body temp as exhaustion and over heating will be a concern. On  the medical side we will be dealing with blisters, muscle fatigue, strains and anything else the challenge throws his way. Along with running two marathons Alex & crew will also have to find time to travel from county to county. So a relentless schedule awaits..

You can find information on all Alex’s running locations here.


Has it been done before?

Not in 16 days! 

32 marathons in 32 days one in each county of Ireland has been run successfully by Gerry Duffy and Ken Whitelaw. 32 marathons in 16 days Covering every county of Ireland to the best part of my knowledge has never been attempted before et alone completed. So I think you will agree a huge challenge awaits Alex both physically, mentally and logistically.

Each day of this challenge will look something like this:

  • Alex will have to get up have breakfast then travel hopefully a short distance to marathon 1 start point and set about completing it.
  • Following on from completing marathon 1 Alex will need a quick to, address any issues, change clothes, change runners, eat, rehydrate, and move to the next county. So siting stationary in a car is not the best cool down after a marathon or the best warm up for marathon two.
  • Then he will have to run a second marathon and complete it on tired legs. The second marathon of the day will be tough.
  • Then on completion of marathon two we will have to rehydrate eat something change and relocate to the nights accommodation hopefully near to the next marathon then shower, eat, sleep, and repeat the process the next day.

So as you can see it will be a demanding schedule.

So run, jog, walk, crawl but above all complete 2 marathons a day and overcome the logistics of having to travel from county to county to do so.

Will it be difficult?

Yes most certainly it will be the most difficult challenge I have faced but I will be telling myself it is not impossible and I will break the challenge down day by day marathon by marathon and step by step if I need to. Running two marathons a day and travelling from county to county will most certainly present unforeseen problems having never done this before but we will face each one head on and train hard to achieve our goal.

I look forward to sharing a few miles with people along the way should they wish to share part of this great journey.

Of course there is a very serious side to this challenge as Alex will be renewing his pledge to raise funds for The Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind.

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