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Marathon men complete their epic run

Tears, cheers and hugs greeted two Irish charity runners as they completed a 32 marathons across 32 counties in 32 days.

Hundreds of well-wishers turned out to give Gerry Duffy (42) and Ken Whitelaw (30) a rousing reception as they crossed the finish line together in a time of four hours, nine minutes and 29 seconds.

Their extraordinary feat has seen them run a full marathon every day since they started in Longford on July 2.

So far they have raised nearly €490,000 (£406,000) for Irish Autism Action (IAA).

More than 220 people turned out to run or walk all or part of the marathon route with them in Mullingar yesterday.

Mr Duffy said he got the idea in 2008 after reading about a similar feat by a marathon runner in the US.

He added: “I'm fighting back tears today. We didn't expect this kind of reception.”

Said Ken: “Gerry is a huge friend of mine but if he rings again with an idea, I'm going to be busy.''

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