Ultra-runner in world record bid

Posted on June 23, 2008 by

Press release via The Press Association

A globe-trotting marathon man will this week attempt a new world record, running the length of Ireland in under five days.

Richard Donovan, 42, is to depart on Monday from Mizen Head in Co Cork, the country’s most southerly point, planning to arrive in Donegal’s Malin Head by Friday evening. Donovan, who has taken part in ultra-running events all over the world, hopes to do the sprint in under four days and 12 hours, beating a record set by British athlete Richard Brown 20 years ago.

He is taking part in the ambitious 365-mile feat to raise funds for a Chernobyl Children’s Project outreach programme in Galway, which intends to bring 46 children to Ireland from the contaminated zones of Belarus in July.

Posted by Stuart Barrington