Jim Larkin who works in the Private Office recently completed an endurance test not for the faint hearted by completing the Quadrathon, running four marathons in four days. Combine that with the fact that they were run over some of the hilliest terrain in Ireland in severe gales and lashing rain we just had to hear more about his story.
“I have always enjoyed running and am a member of a local running club. I have actually completed nine marathons since April this year but I was keen to challenge myself, so I signed up for the Quadrathon and as my aching limbs are telling me this was definitely a challenge.
“The Quadrathon is a four day festival of running, taking in 100 miles of stunning coastline around the Wild Atlantic Way, on the Inishowen Peninsula. It was a great four days with each course offering a different challenge. The overall event was really well organised with meals and accommodation provided as well as transport to each of the start lines, but we had to get to the finish line under our own steam! One of the most enjoyable aspects of the event was the great camaraderie which built up amongst all the competitors with people getting together in the evenings to chat about that day’s race, and despite our aching legs and tired bodies we still managed to have really good craic each night.
“As well as setting myself a challenge I also thought it would be a good way to raise some money for charity, so I decided on Macmillan Cancer and set myself a target of £500. I have been blown away by everyone’s generosity as my total raised stands at over £1,300 which has made the effort all the more worthwhile.
“The final reason for taking part in the Quadrathon was to get my hands on one of the medals. As you can see from the picture below it is a serious piece of ‘bling’ made up of four sections, which then interlock to make the one whole piece. I have to say I’m glad that I didn’t have to wear it when I was running as it weighs a tonne.”