Day 31: Sligo – Templeboy

Had a lovely restful night in The Sligo Park Hotel, they made me feel so welcome and looked after me so well.

I left the hotel at 10am and was joined by some runners from Sligo and Ballisodare, Anna McGowan was also joining today for the run, but little did we know the weather which we were going to get.

We had snow, sleet & hailstones for nearly the whole run, at times I felt like giving in, but with the crew (Carmel, Catriona, Mary) I had running with me, there was no way that I was going to let that happen.

We were treated to a lovely lunch in Collery’s and had some gorgeous scones made by Cathyrn and soup from Nessa.

We had a lovely welcome from the kids of Carraroe NS and I received a lovely South Sligo Athletic CLub jersey along with a donation from Helena Finn & Anthony Walsh.

Today’s running wasn’t too bad based on the horrific weather we had, we left at 10am from Sligo and completed 18.91 miles.

Stats

Thanks again to everybody who braved the weather today, happy to be finished and resting up now.

Night all xx

 

 

 

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Day 30: Sligo Town (Rest Day)

Staying at the Sligo Park Hotel today on my rest day, I do have a few items lined up, but I plan to enjoy my rest day.

1st thing I looked after today was a phone interview with a radio station called Spirit, the interview went very well.

Anna McGowan a friend and one of my running club members joined me today, we have to get to the shops and also ensure I make all the appointments which have been booked for me.

RunPod

As I have mentioned a number of times already, I am overwhelmed by the generosity I have received so far.

My team have informed me that “The Little Cottage Café” had offered me a free brekky and I may take them up on the offer but haven’t made any decisions today.

I received a lovely and much needed massage from Jason McMorrow and had a lovely sea weed bath courtesy of Yeats County Inn Hotel.

Jason McMorrow

Signing off for the night x

Day 29: Bundoran to Rosses Point

After a cosy night in The Holyrood Hotel, Blue River Leisure Centre & Escape Spa, I was up early. My team has told me that there is a lot planned today including an interview on East Coast Radio @ 12 noon.

Had a great crew running with me today (Paddy, Vanessa, Marie, Mary, Sligo Athletic ClubNorth Sligo Athletic Club and so many more), we just couldn’t believe the reception we received from Cliffoney NS, Rathcormac NS & Grange NS.

Grave

 

We had an amazing day and seen the most gorgeous sights such as Benbulben & Yeats grave. The interview with East Coast Radio and support during the day was just unbelievable.

 

 

 

Such a lovely warm reception was received when we arrived at Rosses Point RNLI, the tea was flowing and meet some amazing people. They even had buckets at the ready to get the funds in for this great cause.

 

StatsStats for today:

Day 29 January 29 2018
Departed Bundoran Lifeboat Station 9am
Arrived Sligo Bay Lifeboat Station
Miles today 24 miles 38.6km
Total miles 583.6 miles or 939.2 kilometers

 

 

 

Tonight I’m staying with Medbh & Sean Gillard, Medbh has organised food and a seaweed bath for me (how nice is that :)).Jason McMorrow

After the treatment, I got a massage from Jason McMorrow. I’m feeling tired but very positive tonight. Rest day tomorrow… Yippee.

Heading to bed now, good night folks xx

 

 

Day 28: Donegal Town to Bundoran

Map

After a hot bath a few painkillers and a lot of stinky deep heat, I did have a really nice sleep at the Millpark Hotel Donegal Town.

Today’s journey was tough, but with all the support along the way, it really didn’t feel that long.  So many people joined me today, but the names I can remember where Julie McNamee, Carol Molly and Deborah Dawson.

We really made good progress and even stopped a few times for some photo opportunities (my support team will be really happy with me).

The welcome I received coming into Bundoran Lifeboat Station was unreal, they were so generous with their time.

Stats for today even with a niggle, Day 28 Sunday January 28th 2018Stats

Departed from the Diamond in Donegal at 10am.
Arrived in Bundoran at 3.27pm
Miles today 19.68 or 31.67km
Total miles 561.34 or 903.38km

 

 

Margaret Storey is going to look after me tonight and were getting ourselves ready for a spot of dinner at Creevy Cottages Experience Donegal, before heading to The Holyrood Hotel, Blue River Leisure Centre & Escape Spa.

 

Good night folks, chat soon ❤️

 

Day 27: Killybegs – Donegal Town

AwardAs well as being on a Live Skype call last night for the “Hurry for the Curry” fundraiser event, Jean Molloy (one of my team and friends) collected an award at the Sli Cualann Awards ceremony in Bray.

 

The award was for Exceptional Achievement Recognition, I am absolutely delighted 🙂

 

 

The Tara Hotel Killybegs looked after me so well last night, Tara in the photo below is also going to join the crew and run with me tomorrow, I am ready to get on the road now and accomplish my next leg of this amazing journey.

Once I got on the road and had lots of lovely company and Fred came back for more punishment. Tara, Bridgeen and Karina joined the crew and we had some good laughs on our way to Donegal Town. Tea Rooms

 

 

Before I left Arklow on 01st Jan, I had done a lot of eating to bulk up as I knew this was going to be a tough journey, but today once again I was treated to a lovely apple tart and nice cup of tea from the Old Village Tea Rooms.

 

Above are a few pictures of the crew who ran with me today, the support is phenomenal.  I had a niggle today so really took it easy, will start a little later tomorrow morning to ensure I give it time to heal.

Photo of us coming into Donegal Town, delighted to be done and dusted.Coming into Donegal Town

Stats

 

Today’s Stats: Day 27 Saturday January 27 2018
Departed Killybegs Coast Guard Station 9am
Arrived Donegal 1:48pm
Miles today 17.24 or 27.7 km
Total miles 541.66 or 871.71km

I’m staying at the Millpark Hotel Donegal Town tonight and tomorrow I will be making my way to the Bundoran Lifeboat Station.

I’m just back from a gorgeous dinner at the Old Castle Bar and Restaurant, I would like to thank Maeve and Seoirse for the fabulous food and generous donation to the RNLI Lap of the Map fund.

Castle

Night all, sweet dreams XX

Day 26: Lettermacaward to Killybegs

I had a very nice sleep last night and really feel well rested, just look at the beautiful view from the B&B (no wonder I slept well). I forgot to include this photo in my blog last night, but had to include it today, as that fella lives at the beautiful B&B, but obviously in his own stable 🙂

My team made me aware that a few runners would meet me along the way, in fairness after yesterday I feel so lucky, to have such amazing support.

Ronan, Angela & Cess left with me from Lettermacaward and after a coffee stop in Ardara, myself and Ronan carried on to Killybegs.  This was the longest run that Ronan had done to-date and he also carried my bag, what a gentleman, thanks Ronan xx

I was also treated to a lovely new rain jacket from McGinleys, Clare was such a nice person and I would like to thank them sincerely for their kindness.

Here I am arriving into Killybegs, after what can only be described as a great run, with fantastic company.

Coming in Killbegs

I’m staying at the Tara Hotel tonight and they have given me a room with a bath 🙂 I am looking forward to having a live Skype call from Arklow, as Hurry for the Curry, the main Arklow RNLI fundraiser is taking place tonight.

StatsDay 26 January 26th 2018
Departed Eagle’s Nest Bed & Breakfast 9am
Arrived Killybegs Coast Guard 1:40pm
Miles today 21.59 or 34.74kms
Total miles 524.42 or 843.97 kms

 

 

Day 25: Arranmore to Lettermacaward

After a lovely rest day, today my route was taking me to Lettermacaward. Had an absolutely amazing send off from the Arranmore Blue Ferry and the fantastic children from Scoil Cholmcille acre.

Coming off the Ferry

Then the pupils of Scoil Bhride also came out to greet me and cheer me into town.

Scoil Bhride

Had a great crew running with me today (Cathy, Erin, Sinead, Marie, Jackie, Hughie and Charlie, forgive me if I have missed anybody) and it really reminded me of being out with my own running crew in Arklow.  I am keeping in touch with the newbies (as they call themselves), to ensure they are being careful, minding themselves and not over doing it. But I do miss them all 🙂

The roads were long and winding but with the crew and the beautiful views, we made great time and had some good laughs on the way. Look at the amazing reception I received from another school (Acres NS).

Imagine trying to run this road on your own 😦

Long and Winding Road

Landed B&B

 

The Butterrick Restaurant in Dungloe offered refreshments and then onto the Eagle’s Nest Bed & Breakfast.  I would like to thank Breege Ward for so much help, advice & Bag Transferring.

 

Stats for today, 25th Jan 2018:

Departed Arranmore Blue Ferry 10am
Arrived Eagle’s Nest Bed & Breakfast
Miles today 17.1 or 25.51kms (Mary stopped her watch before she got to B&B so missed a mile on it).

Total miles 502.83 or 809.22 kms
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