Routes and Times. Running order first 18 Counties confirmed at this point. Will keep you updated.

Please bare with us as we put all the logistics in place county by county route by route. We have some great routes planed and will be working with various Councils, Sporting bodies, Government agencies to get each route approved and signed off.That said we still have some counties that we are looking for routes so if you have an idea drop us a line if you know an amazing route in your county. We are looking at providing safe routes Greenways, Parks, Hotel grounds etc. So we will be updating this page again shortly.

Saturday September 1st MARATHON 1: Co Kerry - (click for details)

MARATHON 1: Hope to see you all in Dingle.

Date: Saturday 1st September

Location: Co Kerry – Dingle Marathon

Start Time: 09:00

A big thanks to all the crew at the Dingle marathon for supporting us with marathon no 1. We are looking forward to taking our first step of this amazing challenge in Dingle. Why not join Alex & Ollie and run for the Irish Guid dogs for The Blind and make it a marathon to remember.

Co Kerry Sponsor is : Nolans Garage

MARATHON 2: Saturday Co Limerick

MARATHON 2: Moving to County Limerick now

Date: Saturday 1st of September

Start Time: 15:30 Facebook will update you on our arrival

Location: We will have two points were people can join us. We will start our Co Limerick adventure on the Great Southern Trail located at Abbeyfeale.

From here we will go the 13 or so miles along the old railway line to Newcastle West when there we will complete or marathon distance running laps in the park.

We will operate a leave no trace policy at all our challenge venues along with being  mindful of others enjoying the same amenities.

Accommodation Kindly Sponsored by

Should you wish to support us and receive a participants medal please register in advance.

The Abbeyfeale section has been cycled and comes highly recommended

By The Then Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport Leo Varadkar who officially opened a new section of The Great Southern Trail in Abbeyfeale, County Limerick. 
Pictured Credit Brian Gavin Press 22

MARATHON no3: Sunday morning 2nd Sep Clare

MARATHON 3: Will see us in Co Clare

Date: Sunday 2nd Sep

Start Time Morning start at 08:30

Location: We are delighted to announce we will be using Clarisford Park have a look below and it will be clear why.

Directions:From M7 Limerick/Dublin:
At junction 27, take the R494 exit to Killaloe/Ballina/Birdhill 400 m
At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto R494
At Birdhill roundabout, go straight through onto R494
Continue
Turn left toward Royal Parade/R463
Continue to follow R463 for 350 m
Turn left onto Clarisford
Destination will be at end of cul de sac

General information Clarisford Park is a community and sport facility in Killaloe, Co. Clare. Located on the banks of the River Shannon, the park consists of intergenerational sports hall and dressing rooms, playing fields, sand based all weather facility, training paddocks, running/walking trail and a community park.Clarisford Park is home to Ballina Killaloe RFC, Lough Derg FC and the 5th / 22nd Killaloe Scout Group. Boru Tri Club, Derg A.C and Clarisford parkrun also use the facilities on a weekly basis. History
The land at Clarisford Park is embedded in the history of the town of Killaloe. Originally part of the demesne of the Bishops Palace, the approach road and surrounding walled garden give rise to a magnificent late eighteenth-century building, hosting elegant features such as Doric pillars, designed landscape, outbuildings, entrance lodge and a small courtyard containing an old well. The Palace and its curtilage are listed in the Record of Protected Structures and the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage. Used as a Bishop’s palace by the Church of Ireland until 1977, Clarisford Palace is now in private ownership.

Sponsors:

MARATHON 4: Sunday 2nd Sep afternoon Galway

Day 2 MARATHON 4: will see us run in Co Galway

Date: Sunday 2nd Sep 2018

Location: Rinville Park Located just 5 minutes from the picturesque village of Oranmore, in the Co of Galway

Start Time: This will be the second event of the day for us we are aiming to start between 3 –  3.30pm

Media Thanks to Connemara Community Radio for the support

Thanks to our sponsor ZinCuFlex

MARATHON 5: Monday Morning 3rd of Sep Co Mayo

MARATHON 5: will see us run in Co Mayo

Date: 3rd of Sep Monday Morning

Location: Claremorris Clare Lake Park  also called Mc Mahon Park or The land of the Giants.

Location McMahon Park, Clare Lake, Claremorris Co Mayo.

Start Time: 08:00 in the Morning we will run laps to cover the required 26.2 miles marathon distance. So feel free to come along and join in for a mile or two we would love the support.

A Huge thanks to all the team at the McWilliam Park Hotel Which will be our hotel sponsor for Co Mayo.

The McWilliam Park Hotel is conveniently located off the N17 in the town of Claremorris, Mayo

GPS Coordinates
Latitude: 53.725109, Longitude: -8.990249

MARATHON 6: afternoon/evening 3rd of Sep Co Roscommon

MARATHON No 6: will see us run in Co Roscommon

Date: 3rd of September

Location Lough Key Forest Park

Start Time: Afternoon we are aiming for a  3pm start this will be the 2nd marathon of the day. 

Why not come along and join us say hi and join us for a mile or two.

MARATHON 7: Tuesday Morning 4th Sep Sligo

MARATHON 7:Tuesday Morning 4th Sep will see us run in the County of Sligo

Date: 4th of Sep

Location: Sligo We will run along the Garavogue River to Doorly Park onto Clevegh park about a 7km loop.

This walk incorporates the Sligo town Sli Na Slainte and the Doorly Park nature trail along the banks of the Garavogue River. Doorly Park was named after a late Bishop of Elphin, Dr. Edward Doorly but Colonel W. G Wood-Martin originally developed the wetlands of his estate, calledCleveragh.

The Route

Start from the blue and yellow Sli sign on Kennedy Parade opposite the Embassy Rooms, follow the path along the riverside into Doorly Park, follow the nature trail through the park and loop back onto the Crozen Promenade and back to Kennedy Parade. This is about 7km so we need to 6 loops. we will use a gps to make sure we cover the correct distance at each location.

Start Time: We are looking to start at 08:00

A Huge Thanks to the Sligo Park hotel for Sponsoring our nights stay in Sligo

MARATHON 8: Tuesday afternoon/evening 4th sep Leitrim

MARATHON 8:Tuesday afternoon/evening 4th sep will see us run in the County of Leitrim

Date: Tuesday 4th of Sep

Location: Acres Lake to Drumleague lock taking in the floating boardwalk at Acres lake a 14km loop. 

Start Time: afternoon aiming to start between 2:30 3pm.

A big thanks to Waterways Ireland And Leitrim Co Council

From here we make our way to the Enniskillen Hotel for a much needed rest.

MARATHON 9: Wednesday 5th sep Fermanagh

MARATHON 9 :Wednesday 5th sep will see us run in the County of Fermanagh

Date: Wed 5th of Sep

Location: Enniskillen Lake Land Forum Centre, 11 Shore Road Enniskillen, BT747EF

Start Time:  looking at 08.00

Then its on to Co Donegal

MARATHON 10: Wednesday evening 5th Sep Donegal

MARATHON 10: Wednesday evening 5th Sep will see us run in the County of Donegal

Date: Wednesday 5th of Sep 2018

Location: Bundoran 3 mile loop

Start Time:  looking at 3pm

Starting Point By Allingham Arms Car Park Eircode F94XNHO

Huge Thanks to Stephen O Mahoney for all his assistance

MARATHON 10: Wednesday evening 5th Sep Co Tyrone

MARATHON no 11: Thursday 6th Sep we will run in Co Tyrone

Date: Thursday 6th of Sep 2018

Location: Omagh Leisure Complex, Old Mountfield Rd, Omagh BT797EG

Start Time:  looking at 8am

Thanks to Shane Mc Gale for his help

MARATHON 12: Thursday Afternoon/Evening 6th of Sep Derry

MARATHON 12: Thursday 6th of Sep Derry

Date: Thursday 6th of Sep

Location: Larvey Centre Termoneeny, 60 Quarry Rd, Magherafelt BT458NS

Our hosts are Termoneeny Running Club Big thanks to all involved.

Start Time:  looking at 3pm but you can join us at any time as we will be doing a 3 looped course.

From here its on to The Park Avenue Hotel A Huge Thanks to all for sponsoring our nights stay and so close to our next two locations.

MARATHON 13: Friday Morning 7th of Sep Co Antrim (Victoria park)

MARATHON 13:Friday Morning 7th of Sep will see us run in Co Antrim

Date: Friday 7th of Sep

Location: Co Antrim, Victoria Park (This is the current Home to the National 24hr Championships & this venue also played host to the world 24hr ultra running championships in 2017)

Start Time:  to be confirmed? looking at 08.00

I have been fortunate to have competed in Victoria park twice in the past at 24hr events so look forward to meeting some old friends.:

Sponsors.

MARATHON 14: Friday afternoon evening 7th of Sep Co Down

MARATHON 14:

Date: MARATHON 14: Friday afternoon evening 7th of Sep Co Down

Location: Stormont Park like the parkrun we will be running loops in the ower flatter section of the park. Looking forward to that view.

Start Time: 2.45 3pm start

 

MARATHON 15: Saturday morning 8th of sep Co Armagh

MARATHON 15: Saturday Morning 8th of sep we will be in Co Armagh

Date:Saturday 8th Sep

Location: Loughall Country Park Co Armagh

11 main street loughall, Armagh BT618HZ

Start Time: 08.30 but remember you can join in at any time so come along.

 Loughgall-Country-Park-Map

 

MARATHON 16: Saturday afternoon 8th of Sep Co Monaghan

MARATHON 16: Saturday afternoon 8th of Sep Co Monaghan

Date: Saturday 8th of Sep 2018

Location: Co Monaghan Emy Lough 2.3mile loop

Start Time:  looking at a 3pm start

Thanks To John Sherry for his help

Then its on the Louth and Dundalk for the next challenge. Huge thanks to Collette O Hagan for our accomadation

 

MARATHON 17: Sunday morning 9th of sep Co Louth

MARATHON 17: Saturday  8th of sep Co Louth

Date: Saturday 8th Sep 2018

Location: Co Louth, Dundalk

Start point. Rosewood Bar & Resturant on the old Newry Dundalk Rd

Information: This is a  Marathon Club Ireland Event. With a fee of €25 to participate register with marathon club Ireland Limited entrys available on the day but confirm this is still the case. A two lap course Race Director is the one and only Collette O Hagan. Collette is no stranger to marathon running with hundreds completed.

Start Time:  to be confirmed 08.30

 

MARATHON 18: Sunday afternoon 9th of Sep Co Dublin

MARATHON 17: Sunday morning 9th of Sep will see us run Co Dublin

Date: Saturday 9th of September

Location: Co Dublin. The Phoinex Park Outside Garda HQ

Start Time: 3.30

Then its off to Co Meath to get some food and a few hours sleep

Thanks to the Newgrange Hotel Navan

 

MARATHON 19: Monday Morning 10th of Sep Co Meath

MARATHON 19:  Sunday afternoon 10th of Sep Co Meath

Date: Monday morning  9th of Sep

Location: Co Meath We plan to run in Blackwater Park

Start Time: Looking at 08:00

MARATHON 20: Monday afternoon the 10th of Sep Co Cavan

MARATHON 19: Monday morning the 10th of Sep Co Cavan

Date: Monday the 10th of Sep 2018

Location: Co Cavan? Deerpark, Forrest park Co Cavan

Start Time: 3pm

Thanks to Shaun Boyle for all his help with the Cavan leg of our challenge.

MARATHON 21: Tuesday Morning 11th of Sep in Co Longford

MARATHON 21: Tuesday Morning 11th of Sep in Co Longford

Date: Monday 10th of Sep 2018

Location: 5.2km Canal loop in Longford: of course we will make up any shortfall in distance by adding a little at the end

Start Time: 08.30 but you can join us at any point

Start Point: next to eircode N39H2FB

Special thanks to Brendan Doyle for facilitating us in longford on part of the longford canal marathon course.

MARATHON 22: Tuesday afternoon evening 11th of Sep in Co WestMeath

MARATHON 22: Tuesday afternoon evening 11th of Sep in Co WestMeath

Date: Tuesday 11th of Sep.

Location: Co WestMeath

Start Time:3pm

Start Point: Lillyput adventure Centre (Lillyput is no stranger to holding big sporting events)

Special thankes to our host Franky Wright

 

MARATHON 23: Wednesday morning 12th of Sep in Kildare

MARATHON 23: Wednesday morning 12th of Sep in Co kildare

Date: Wednesday Morning 12th of Sep 2018

Location: Co Kildare

Start Time: 08;00

Location: Donadea Forest Park  (this is also home to the national 50km championships so a course i should be familer with)

Big Thanks to the one and only Anthony Lee for all his help & wishing him the best of luck in his own upcomming challenge.

MARATHON 24: Wednesday afternoon 12th of Sep in Co Offaly

MARATHON 24: Wednesday afternoon 12th of Sep in Co Offaly

Date: Wednesday afternoon 12th of Sep 2018

Location: Mount Lucas wind farm Eircode R35RX00

Start Time: 3pm

 

MARATHON 25: Thursday 13th of Sep in Co Tipperary (Templemore)

MARATHON 25:

Date: Thursday morning 13th of Sep in Co Tipperary

Starting Location: Templemore Garda training College.

Description A 5.2 km Loop passing the college. We look forward to being joined by memers of An Garda Siochana. So if all goes to plan we have 8 loops and a jog around the square inside Templemore training college to make up any short fall.

Start Time: 08.30 But remember you can join in at any time we would love to see you.

A Huge thanks to An Garda Siochana & St Pauls Garda Credit union Cork for all their support throughout this challenge.

MARATHON 26: Thursday afternoon 13th of Sep in Co Laois

MARATHON 26:

Date Thursday afternoon 13th of Sep in Co Laois

Location: Durrow Woods 4.8km loop

Start Time: 3pm

Thanks to Liz Morrin for helping us out here.

Sponsors Needed:

MARATHON 27: Friday Morning 14th of Sep in Co Wicklow

MARATHON 27: Friday Morning 14th of Sep in Co Wicklow

Date: Friday Morning 14th of Sep 2018

Location: Avondale Forrest Park Rathdrum A nice 5km loop

Start Time: 08.00

Thanks to Bill Porter for all your help

Sponsors Needed:

MARATHON 28: Friday afternoon 14th of Sep in Co Wexford

MARATHON 28: Friday afternoon 14th of Sep in Co Wexford

Date: Friday 14th of Sep 2018

Location: Ravens Point, Coolrainey, Curracloe,Co Wexford.

Start Time: 3pm

A big thanks to Dee Boland for all her advice for the Wexford leg. Dee is the race director of the very succesful Wexford Marathon.

MARATHON 29: Saturday Morning the 15th of Sep in Co Carlow

MARATHON 29: Saturday Morning the 15th of Sep in Co Carlow

Date: Saturday Morning 15th of Sep 2018

Location: Co Carlow

Starting point. Adrenline HPL (Human Performance Laboratry) Eircode R93VW70

Start Time:? This will be an early start 06.30 meet 6.40 start as the sun is comming up.

Course starting from Adrenline HPL running a 4 lap course out the Oak park rd.

Thanks to our Host Gary Flannery Of Adrenline HPL:

MARATHON 30: Saturday afternoon the 15th of Sep Kilkenny Marathon

MARATHON 30:  Saturday afternoon the 15th of Sep Kilkenny Marathon

Date: Saturday 15th of Sep 2018

Location: Kilkenny Marathon

Kilkenny prepares for battle!

Kilkenny provides the historic backdrop for Ireland’s 3rd Medieval Marathon and what will be my 30th of 32 on this challenge. On September, the 15th 2018, participants will set off from St Francis Bridge (the new bridge) at 1pm. The route will take in some of the most historic sites in the city before winding out the country roads, making its way back to Kilkenny to finish on The Parade in the heart of the city.

Start Time: 1pm

Huge thanks to our host Vincent and his team at the medieval marathon for all their support. This is the 3rd running of this event and each year vincent has added somthing and made improvments and built on the precious years event. Certainly a fun day out with a big empheses on fun with a fancy dress prize category, plenty to keep the kids entertained and a great after party.

 

MARATHON 31: Sunday morning the 16th of Sep in Co Waterford

MARATHON 31:  Sunday morning the 16th of Sep in Co Waterford

Date: Sunday morning 16th of Sep 2018

Location: Co Waterford  Dungarven taking in the greenway on an out and back route

Start Location: Walton park  next to Eircode X35EY96

Start Time: 00.01 yes 1 minute past midnight making it Sunday.

Important if you wish to join us please reg with ann@guidedogs.ie Also a head torch or hand held torch and Hi Viz jacket our hi viz clothing is mandotory

This is not a race it is a charity challenge

MARATHON 32: Sunday 16th of Sep Co Cork - Location Cork City Hall / Fire Station

MARATHON 32: Sunday 16th of Sep Co Cork –

Location Starting Cork City Hall / Fire Station running to Ballincollig regional park were we will run a large portion and finish 2.7miles away at the Irish Guide dogs Training Centre on Model Farm Road. This route will involve a few road crossings so remember this is a charity challenge and not a race, We will cross at designated points when advised to do so and a saftey briefing will be given at the start.

 

Date: Sunday 16th of Sep 2018

Location: Cork – Cork City Hall / Fire Station

Start Time:2pm

Sponsors welcome:

Important Information

  • Firstly a day is 24hrs and there will a lot to fit in. So this will be made up of us travelling from accommodation to our 1st marathon run each day. This is not like running a typical marathon as we will have to keep very well hydrated and fuelled at all times. We will manage any issues as and when they happen, To maximise recovery we will look to plan our routes carefully to cut down long journey time. After each marathon we will need a break, change kit, & travel to next marathon, and into a new county, run 26.2 miles again this time on tired legs, eat, rehydrate, travel to accommodation, get cleaned up, more food and fluids, access any issues, physiotherapy, ice-bath, sleep and repeat.
  • Why not register to join us as places will be limited Click here to register to run.
  • Keep an eye on our web page, Facebook page, etc for the most up to date information.
  • While every effort will be made to keep to a schedule please check for updates or changes as I am sure no matter how well we plan there will unexpected issues from time to time. These are self supporting events and in a lot of locations will be looped courses so feel free to bring a table for your own supplies but above all we must me mindful of the generosity of others and leave each location clean. So what ever we bring with us leaves with us….
  • While each marathon will be a small event with the emphasis on the charity and not hosting lavish events, locations and courses will be picked for accessibility safety and a bit of scenery is always a plus. In some cases we may use looped courses which will allow others to do a little or a lot with us.
  • The challenge, Alex would be happy to be joined by fellow runners. Please refer to the route for locations and times. Every effort will be made to stick to times but a challenge like this will not be easy as we go from marathon to marathon each day and to our nightly accommodation not to mention the fatigue issue. So please check the day before if joining us and follow us on Facebook for the latest updates.

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