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Charity runners cross the finish line 40 hours after setting off on 126-mile challenge

Brian Maher and Mike Sheridan took some time out from their entertainment day-jobs to jog from Limerick to Dublin.

Brian Maher (left) and Mike Sheridan (right) are joined by supporters for part of the run.
Brian Maher (left) and Mike Sheridan (right) are joined by supporters for part of the run.
Image: Photobucket via @Challenge126

MIKE SHERIDAN and Brian Maher will be nursing some aching limbs today after completing a route from Limerick to Dublin that was the equivalent of five marathons.

The duo set off on a 126-mile run from O’Connell Street in Limerick on Thursday at 7am. Some 40 gruelling hours later they crossed the finish line on Dublin’s Grafton Street.

Maher, a DJ with Spin 103.8, and Sheridan, critic with entertainment.ie and on TV3, took up the challenge as part of an ongoing fundraising drive for Special Olympics Ireland.

It is hoped that their endeavours will raise some €20,000 to go towards SOI’s programme sports training and competition for people with an intellectual disability throughout the country.

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Five marathons in a day

Last year, Maher notched up the 126 miles by doing five marathons in five days. With Sheridan in tow, they planned to conquer the 126-mile course in just over a day.

Horrid weather conditions and niggles led to delays but there was a sizable number on Grafton Street to cheer on the men as they crossed the finish line.

* Persons looking to donate to Challenge 126 can text the word ‘Donate’ to 57252 (ROI) to give €2 (minimum of €1 goes to Special Olympics Ireland) or 85122 (NI) to donate £1.50 (min. of £0.75 goes to the charity).

You can also donate by visiting www.specialolympics.ie/challenge126

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