The teams known as “The No Shows” and “The Drop Outs” included Christopher Magill, John McCooe, Michael Cassidy, Sean Cavanagh, Conor McEnoy, Sean Campbell, Damien Henderson, Mcclean Rioghan, Stephen Hayes, and John Fox. They joined the thousands of runners in the streets of Belfast on 7th May and despite the dreadful weather conditions, both relay teams crossed the finishing line together with a great time of 4.05.51!
Team leader Sean Campbell explained their motivation:
“The decision was made to run the 2012 Belfast Marathon back in the late autumn last year and doing it for charity seemed a good incentive to keep the commitment there - making it harder for people to go back on their word! We got 2 relay teams together and decided that because one team member’s mum, who had suffered the effects of multiple sclerosis for many years, recently passed away that it would be fitting to choose Action MS as our charity. We all knew the effects MS can have and that Action MS do good work in Northern Ireland.”
“The relay itself went very well and it surprised me that even though the weather was terrible there was still a buzz about the place. I would definitely do it again.”
Action MS Social Care Manager, Patricia Webber thanked the team for their efforts:
“I would like to thank Sean and all the members of the two teams for their fantastic achievement, for braving the elements and literally going the extra mile to help support people living with multiple sclerosis in Northern Ireland. Every penny that these wonderful runners have raised will be used to support Action MS services in the community, such as information and advocacy, a listening ear service, befriending, legal advice and our digital inclusion programme.”
Patricia went on to say:
“All Action MS services are funded solely through fundraising initiatives and the generosity of the Northern Ireland public. It is only through the dedicated support typified by these ten generous young men and their sponsors that we can continue to offer practical help and support to those living with multiple sclerosis, their families and carers across Northern Ireland.”