The N4 Austism Run, a 131-mile run from Sligo to Dublin undertaken by three runners in October this year, raised close to €35,000 for the Autism Ireland charity.
Longford man Brendan Doyle and his two friends Michael Devaney and Niall Murphy completed their exceptional challenge of running the N4 route from Sligo to Dublin non-stop to raise valuable funds to support the new Autism Centre of Excellence that the charity Irish Autism Action has recently established in Westmeath.
During their run, the trio of runners had a welcome surprise when they arrived in Longford when the legendary Paul McGrath welcomed the runners to the Longford Arms.
Thanks to the superb support in Longford, in particular from local man David Carrig, a cheque for €1,000 was presented to St Christopher’s Special School just before the Halloween break. The cheque was presented to Sheila Dinnegan, principal of St Christopher’s, by Brendan Doyle and Niall Murphy. The funds will be used to purchase sensory and educational equipment.
David Carrig and his wife Jackie, whose son Brandon attends St Christopher’s, were instrumental in their efforts of raising huge funds and awareness in Longford in the build up to the run and on the day itself. David would like to thank everyone who helped him in particular to all the bucket collectors, the Longford Arms Hotel, An Gaelscoil, Longford and all who supported the run in terms of shops and business who purchased and sold chocolate bars and flags.
Brendan Doyle is also grateful for all the support he received in Longford, including Abbott, RTE’s Ciaran Mullooly, John Lynch and Shannonside, Longford Leader and the schools, in particular Stonepark NS where he and Niall visited before Halloween to thank the students for their support.
The run itself started in Sligo at 7.30am, on a cold, wet Thursday, with the three runners setting off from Abbott Diagnostics, Finisklin, Sligo on their 131 mile journey along the N4 to Abbott, Liffey Valley.
Along their route, they were joined by various runners and supporters who helped them to complete the arduous journey, incluiding Olympic silver medallist John Joe Nevin, who met them in Mullingar.
They managed to cross the finish line at Liffey Valley after almost 30 hours and 30 minutes on the road. The three were then taken to hospital for medical checks.
Irish Autism Action would like to thank everyone who came out to support the runners as they completed the challenge. If anyone would like to further support the charity, please contact the national office : Irish Autism Action Head Office: 044 933 1609 or firstname.lastname@example.org