Co Meath man who faced losing his leg during childhood is taking on Marathon in a Month

Louise McCarthy


Louise McCarthy


Co Meath man who  faced losing his leg during childhood is taking on Marathon in a Month

David Farrell

The Irish Cancer Society is urging people to get moving as part of its virtual marathon campaign, which challenges people to clock up 42kilometres in 31 days. The charity’s Marathon in a Month fundraising campaign is a free and easy way to complete your first marathon and help the fight against cancer.

Participants can complete the distance of a marathon in any way they choose by  walking, running, hiking, swimming or cycling. By registering, they’re given an everydayhero online fundraising page which links to their fitness app, keeping track of their progress as they raise money to help the 40,000 people in Ireland who will be diagnosed with cancer this year. Last year hundreds of people around the country took on the challenge and raised €90,000 in the process.

By taking on MIAM this July, participants will be raising vital funds that will help ensure no one has to face cancer on their own. Marathon in a month is suitable for all ages and fitness levels, you can clock up KMs in any way you like - whether that’s walking the dog or collecting the kids from school.  It’s the perfect challenge to go from total beginner to marathon runner!

David Farrell, who fought to keep his left leg as a child because of a condition called Neurofibromatosis, clocked up a mammoth 180km as part of the challenge in 2018. This year David is taking on Marathon in a Month again with the aim of reaching 200km – the equivalent of almost five marathons. The Meath native who lives in Drumcondra, lost his grandmother to cancer in 2013. He said the challenge not only helped raise funds to fight cancer, but also encouraged him to get active.

He said:“I was born with my left ankle turned severely inwards. Doctors suggested to my parents that I may never walk on my left leg and they should seriously consider amputation but they refused. Multiple surgeries throughout the years got me on my feet, and I decided to use them for a good cause. The challenge got me moving, so much so that I smashed the target and kept going. I’d encourage anyone to challenge themselves to complete the distance. Knowing you are making a difference to cancer patients while reducing your own cancer risk is a great motivation.”