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Alex O’Shea Sets Fire To His Biggest Challenge Yet With the Help of Running Partner Garda Ollie O'Sullivan

Cork based Ultra Runner Alex O’Shea, the running Fireman, launched his latest challenge that will see him tackle 32 Marathons in 32 Counties in just 16 days on Tuesday March 20th at Irish Guide Dogs for the Blinds national training centre.  The ambitious challenge is being done to raise funds for Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind.  Alex will be supported on the challenge by his friend and running partner Garda Ollie O’Sullivan.

Alex has worked with the charity since 2014 when he broke the world record by almost an hour running the Cork City Marathon in full Fire Gear in just 3h 41m, a cool hour faster than the previous record.  This new challenge is on a far grander scale. people will have the opportunity to support Alex by raising funds or running part or all of each Marathon with him.  Details of how to support can be found at www.guidedogs.ie

Speaking at the launch of the effort Alex O’Shea said, “I am really excited to be taking on this challenge, it’s a huge charity and personal challenge, which I hope people will embrace and get behind. I have worked with Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind for a number of years now and I hope this latest challenge will bring much needed donations to the charity to help them continue their great work.”

Speaking on behalf of Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind CEO Padraig Mallon said, “This is an awesome challenge that Alex is taking on and we are delighted to be part of it and to support him in achieving his goal.  We rely heavily on the efforts of Heroes like Alex and all those who support our various events and collections across the country.  We hope that people embrace this challenge and come out and run with Alex along the way, he will need the encouragement no doubt.”

The challenge will start on September 1st with the Dingle Marathon and will go on from Kerry moving up the west coast before travel through the North and then back to the Midlands and East Coast.  A serious logistical effort Alex has been planning this for over a year now.  If people would like to learn more about the challenge and to keep up to date with details they can visit www.alexoshea.ie or www.guidedogs.ie

Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind is a national charity which provides vital services to blind or vision-impaired people and families of children with autism to enable them to achieve increased mobility, independence and an improved quality of life. It costs over €5.4 million to fund Irish Guide Dogs annually and with less than 15% of this coming from statutory agencies the organisation and its volunteers are working every day to raise the remaining €4.5 million required. 

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