Omagh harrier hero helps exhausted Boston runner

Omagh Harrier Terry Canning has been hailed as a hero around the world after coming to the rescue of a heat exhausted fellow runner at the Boston Marathon.

The image of Terry helping carry Julianne Bowe from New jersey across the finish line on Monday has spread around the globe.

The well-known Omagh half marathon co-ordinator has been widely praised for coming to the aid of his fellow stricken runner to cross the finishing line at just over the 3 hour 35 minute mark.

He was personally running in support of the Enda Dolan Foundation.

Despite the tailwind, temperatures over 105 degrees made the challenging Boston Marathon course just a little more uncomfortable. And for some runners it became unbearable and almost dangerous.

In total, 2,358 runners, or about 8 percent of the field, received medical attention.
Of the participants who required medical attention, 942 received aid on the course and 1,416 were treated at the finish.

Before making it to the medical tents, some runners needed help to make it to the finish line. In several different instances, athletes experiencing cramps literally leaned on other race participants and/or volunteers to make it through their race.

This is the moment Terry and Chilean runner Mario Vargas intervened to help Julianne along the home straight and across the finish line.

A group of young people from throughout Tyrone who are currently in Boston have described the aftermath of Monday's...


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