BELLEEK-BORN jeweller Pat O’Loughlin is set to compete in his 38th Dublin Marathon this Sunday (28 October) in support of MS research. At the age of 81 the well-known local marathon man has only missed the Dublin marathon once when he was confined to a hospital bed in Altnagelvin.
John Doherty, a long term friend of Pat’s joked, “Pat was for getting up and running, we very nearly had to restrain him!” This year Pat is determined that ill health will not stop him and he is determined to be represented on the day by ‘Team Pat’.
Speaking about the upcoming marathon Pat said, “I’ve been laid up with a virus recently so haven’t been able to train but I am still hoping to take part. We receive great support from the local community and I want to thank them for that”.
To date Pat has raised an overwhelming £60,000 to help fund MS research. He has a special interest in myelin repair research which looks at slowing, stopping and reversing disability. Pat is determined to lace up his running shoes once again and take on another marathon in a bid to raise more vital funds.
Over the years the athletic jeweller has completed over 70 marathons and has on occasions been joined by his son Ciaran and running partner Jenny McMenamin. This year the sporty duo will be joined by Jenny’s daughter Rachel in a fundraising research run. They are hopeful that Pat will also be at the start line with them.
Tom Mallon from the MS Society commented, “Pat is a superstar. His commitment and support is outstanding. He points to the help and support he receives from family members and friends but he is the real hero here.
“He truly is a remarkable man and we appreciate his efforts to help further the search for a cure for multiple sclerosis. He is, quite simply an inspiration.”
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