Remarkable Running Man Gerry taking on his 522nd Marathon
Bettystown man Gerard Fay hopes to complete his 522nd marathon this Bank Holiday weekend to complete an astonishing 109 marathons in 365 days.
Gerard is an accomplished marathoner. To date in this calendar year, the 48-year-old has done 86 Marathons. All these marathons were done in Ireland and all will be a minimum of 26.2 Miles each.
Aside from the marathons he also does numerous shorter distance races from 800m to half marathons as his training during the week and on weekends when there are no marathons on.
Dublin City Marathon was Gerard's first Marathon back in 1998. This weekend will be his 22nd Dublin event.
"A lot of miles have been done in the past 21 years and each an everyone has been done with thousands of people in my head pushing me along.
"These people are of course those with Cystic Fibrosis both living and deceased. People constantly ask where do I get my motivation and it is simple Just look at a person with CF.
"Learn what they have to go through day in day out with physio, medication and just basic breathing. Things we as healthy people take for granted. I have know some of these CF's over 30 years now and to see their achievements in their lives pushes me on to do what I do.
"There are plenty others out there doing what I do and more but we all have the one goal to try and help the real warriors the Persons with CF. They are the ones who push me to achieve my dreams and if by doing so I can help them achieve their then I am happy.
"The running is my pastime but this is their lives and with the support of their families they are doing their very best to achieve their potential. Please support those with CF if you can. Donation page is always open."
Gerard's chosen charity is Cystic Fibrosis Ireland who provide excellent and much needed support services to people with Cystic Fibrosis. The funds raised will be used for the purchase of vital physio equipment in the CF units around the country but also to assist Cystic Fibrosis Ireland with their Exercise Grant Scheme whereby they give a grant to persons with CF for part funding gym memberships or the purchase of home exercise equipment. The target for the fundraising is to raise a minimum of €50,000.
"I have been fundraising for Cystic Fibrosis over the past 30 years and in that time have raised in excess of €150,000 of which €100,000 was used for the purchase and refurbishment of the dedicated CF Outpatients unit in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda.
All funds will go to Cystic Fibrosis Ireland and all expenses are borne by myself."
Cystic Fibrosis is a Genetic Disease which effects over 1,250 people in the Republic of Ireland which is the highest per head of population in the World. The Association is over 50 years in existence and over those years has contributed nearly 20 million to research and over 15 Million for the building of the dedicated centres around the country. These centres are invaluable to those with CF.
You can donate in one of 2 ways. 1. www.give.everydayhero.com/ie/Gerardsmarathonchallenge
Cheque donation. It should be made payable to Cystic Fibrosis Ireland & can be sent to my home address of 5 Ardmore View Bettystown co Meath.