Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 17 April 2014

Pensioner completes his 32nd marathon

A 74-year-old Castlederg pensioner has successfully completed his 32nd successive Dublin marathon just weeks after receiving radiotherapy.

Well-known jeweller Pat O'Loughlin is the only person in Northern Ireland to have completed all 32 annual runs and over the past eight years he has raised more than £44,000 for MS Research.

Pat, who was awarded an MBE for his charity work in 2005, finished the marathon on Monday in a time of five hours and 42 minutes — smashing his own time from 2010.

Pat said he was “very happy” with the race, adding that conditions on the day suited him.

He said: “It was around 15 degrees, warm enough, and I like the warm conditions.

“I had my young running partner with me, Jenny McMenamin, and her husband Sean came along on the bicycle to support us.

“Jenny had a shirt on saying ‘Cheer For Pat on His 32nd Marathon’ and people were all shouting and having a bit of banter.

“People would be passing me on the race congratulating me and people on the street watching were wishing me well.

“My wife, Philomena, was there to cheer us on, along with my sister and daughter who was just over from Australia.”

As well as the £44,500 Pat has raised for MS Research, he has also raised thousands for numerous other charities working with older people and those who have diabetes, muscular dystrophy or are wheelchair bound.

Pat was diagnosed with prostate cancer several years ago but was successfully treated.

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