Limerick gets Together to set Marathon Relay Record
Dennis Kimetto: eat your heart out. Yesterday, a team of 105 athletes got together in Limerick to establish a new world record for the marathon, albeit the relay version of the 26.2-mile distance. They duly achieved it in convincing style, taking almost 14 minutes off the previous marathon relay record of 2:10:52 and running a full six minutes faster than Kimetto himself. Their final time: 1:56:54.
The challenge was the brainchild of Derek Casey of Limerick Brakes, who also sponsored the event. The rules stipulated that each runner had to run 400m and could only run a maximum of one leg each. The team was led off by Gary O’Hanlon, with a plethora of local athletes, and several Limerick GAA stars, all doing their part. With the team averaging 66-second pace throughout, the record was never in doubt.
Liam Reale, Limerick’s national 1500m champion and aEuropean finallist in 2006, was given the responsibility and honour of running the anchor leg, which he did in convincing style, breezing through a 56-second leg to complete the marathon relay in 1:56:54.
The fastest leg of the afternoon was run by Emerald AC’S Lorcan O’Connor, with a 54-second run, and his clubmate Jenna Bromell was the fastest female, with a 57-second leg.
The event was organised to raise funds for Cliona’s Foundation, a local charity which provides financial assistance to parents of critically ill children. It was set up by the parents of Cliona Ring, who died from an inoperable brain tumour in 2006. Since its founding, the charity has since raised over €500,000 and helped over 200 families in Ireland.
You can support the charity here, or log on to https://clionasfoundation.ie