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Runners up for Pigeon Top challenge

Getting in a few miles training on the Pigeon Top are Colm Brodrick, Jeanette Maguire, Shane Mullan, Jill McCann, and Kevin Sherry, in preparation for the Cashforkids charity fun run.  MC 8    Picture Michael Cullen

Getting in a few miles training on the Pigeon Top are Colm Brodrick, Jeanette Maguire, Shane Mullan, Jill McCann, and Kevin Sherry, in preparation for the Cashforkids charity fun run. MC 8 Picture Michael Cullen

A FUNDRAISING marathon taking in the picturesque scenery and daunting challenges of the Pigeon Top mountain is set to take place at the end of the month.

Organised by Shane Mullan, a trainer at Personal Health and Fitness, the official NI Athletics event is sure to present the ultimate challenge for long distant and endurance athletes.

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However the Cash for Kids NI fund-raiser will offer something for everyone.

As well as the 26-mile challenge, the event also includes a half marathon, a 10K and a fun run/walk for the less energetic.

The start and finish line is at Personal Health and Fitness, Gortrush Industrial Estate and Mr Mullan said it had been organised so that all participants are completing the various races at approximately the same time.

“The marathon takes in part of the Pigeon Top and runners will then hook up with those participating in the shorter distances,” confirmed Shane, who runs the Muck Hogs Adventure group.

“Everyone should be coming in around the same time. There’s  something for everyone and we have included a fun run/walk under 5K.

“The marathon has been measured so it’s official and it’s being chipped by Elite Timing. The marathon itself should be a tough one although when you mention Pigeon Top it probably sounds worse than it is in reality.”

The multiple-race event is part of an ongoing fundraising initiative by Shane who along with Terry Porter is hoping to complete a ‘Fire and Ice’ challenge in Iceland in August.

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The intrepid double act face a 250km run – the equivalent of six marathons  in six days – while carrying all their own supplies.
Before that though the main focus is on the marathon which takes place on Sunday, July 31.

The marathon begins at 9am with10K runners setting off at11am.

Competitors can enter by going to Facebook Much Hoggs Adventure Training or Shane and Terry’s Cash for Kids or by logging onto www.sientries.co.uk

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