14 December 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By Cianna McNally

A Monaghan man is currently undertaking a gruelling training regime in the hope of breaking an Irish record in 2014 by running 64 marathons in 64 days.
Shane McCarville from Newbliss who has been dubbed ‘Ironman’ by his friends and fellow marathon runners has this year alone completed an astounding nine full marathons and three half-marathons and is set to run his tenth full one this Saturday, 15th December in Galway.
The current Irish record stands at 36 marathons in 36 days. Shane is seeking sponsorship for his mammoth task to help him pay for, amongst other things, marathon entry fees and accommodation and also a support team to include a doctor and physiotherapist to help him along the way.
Speaking to the Northern Standard Shane, who is studying Level 6 in Community Sport Development in MIFET, told how he was bitten by the marathon bug in 2008 when he completed the Dublin City Marathon.
“It nearly killed me but as soon as I crossed the finish line I couldn’t wait to do it again the next year! I intend to do the Dublin City Marathon every year for as long as I can.” 
Next year the Newbliss man hopes to complete 25 marathons including a quadrathon in August, (four marathons in four days), which he will run in memory of his late father who passed away 10 years ago.
Shane credits his father for giving him the drive to keep going with his training. “When I’m running the roads I feel I’m close to my dad and that he is helping me along.”
He added that he ran the Causeway Coast Marathon on 29th September and then completed the Donegal Marathon the following day as a test of his endurance.
“What was in my head that week was if I could come though this test I would be reborn and from a running …

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