PHOTOS: Fantastic Welcome As Marathon Man Shane Completes No.23

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New to Garveys Supervalu Tralee…

Shane meets young Daniel Collins and Louise Collins at O’Shea’s Gala in Blennerville. Photo by Dermot Crean

HE’S nearly there!

The story of Shane Finn has been well documented in the media over the past few weeks. The man from Dingle is running 24 marathons in 24 days in aid of Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Ireland (SBHI) and is on course to raise €100,000 for the charity.

So far, he is at over €90,000, so to help him break the €100k mark over the next day please click here to donate

He was treated to a great welcome in Tralee and Blennerville this afternoon as he completed his penultimate 26.2 mile run.

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After being greeted by Mayor of Tralee Norma Foley in Rock Street, Shane called into Garvey’s Supervalu where he was presented with an ice-cream doughnut and, more importantly, a cheque for €200 for the cause after a staff collection.

Then it was on to the finish at O’Shea’s Gala in Blennerville. A number of people gathered at Blennerville Bridge to cheer him over and many more were at the finish where it was a case of 23 down, one to go.

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Shane Finn with his uncle Kevin Finn at O’Shea’s Gala in Blennerville. Photo by Dermot Crean

I asked him how he felt crossing the bridge.

“It was very nice. I know they’re St Pat’s flags, but in my eyes they’re Dingle flags. It was nice to get a welcome like that. Also, they were great in Garvey’s, they put on a lovely event. I’ve really enjoyed today.”

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So how’s the body and mind?

“I’m feeling pretty good. Coming back into west Kerry was something I was looking forward to for the last 23 days. Mentally, the hardest part of it was the first seven days when I was still above in Louth. But I was thinking about the people I’m doing it for, so that makes it a whole lot easier.”

Was there any stage over the past couple of weeks where the body was seizing up?

“Not really, there was one stage around day 6 where my left calf tightened up and I couldn’t really run properly, but I finished on time and got it sorted for the next day. My body is responding well to everything I ask it to do.”

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So Shane sets off from Curraheen Church for home in Dingle on the last run tomorrow. How does he feel about that?

“I’m dying for it. If they let me, I’d nearly go off and start it now. I’m looking forward to going home really.”

And then a big rest?

“I’ll have a bit of a rest before getting back to work [at WK Fitness in Dingle]. The worst thing people can do is leave me on my own — or I’ll come up with some other mad idea!”

If you’re on the road to Dingle tomorrow give him a cheer, a beep, and give something to the cause. He sure deserves it! Scroll down for photos…

Shane receives an ice-cream doughnut from Tim Moynihan of Garveys Supervalu on Friday afternoon.

Supporting Shane at O’Shea’s Gala in Blennerville were Sean O’Connor, James Fitzgerald, Sean Fitzgerald, Cara Fitzgerald, Estelle Fitzgerald, Hayley and Noreen O’Flaherty. Photo by Dermot Crean


Cheers Shane home at O’Shea’s Gala in Blennerville were Ally Lynch, Andrea O’Donoghue, Breda Quirke, Eileen Scanlon and Aoife Burke. Photo by Dermot Crean

Michelle Greaney, Kevin and Ciara Marie Roche and Anne Kelliher at O’Shea’s Gala in Blennerville. Photo by Dermot Crean


Shane Finn crosses Blennerville Bridge with his support team on Friday afternoon. Photo by Dermot Crean

Shane Finn (centre) with another well-known runner Stephen Griffin (third left) and men who ran with Shane today, Tommy Commane, Vinny O’Leary, Ollie O’Sullivan, Louis Courtney and Darragh Droog at O’Shea’s Gala in Blennerville. Photo by Dermot Crean


People taking pics of Shane at O’Shea’s Gala in Blennerville. Photo by Dermot Crean

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