Tom Reynolds who lives in Co Louth and is a native of Main St, Carrick-on-Shannon, and Lillian Deegan of Wicklow have become the first ever runners to successfully complete the ‘Wild Atlantic Route’ (WAR), an ultra-run along the 1,800-mile stretch of Ireland’s coastal terrain, the Wild Atlantic Way.
The pair finished the undertaking separately, with Tom completing the run on 25 August in just over 34 days, covering, on average, the equivalent of two marathons a day.
Lillian crossed the finish line on 7th September after 47 days on the road.
As of this week, the pair have so far raised over €12,000 for chosen charities Pieta House, the centre for the prevention of self-harm or suicide, and Billy’s World Ireland, an interactive recreation facility for all abilities.
“This challenge was the hardest of my running experiences, but it was well worth it to generate support for two very worthy charities,” said Tom Reynolds.
“The support along the route was incredible – so many came out to cheer us on. I’d really like to thank those that helped Lillian and I along the journey, including our crew and friends – we simply couldn’t have done it without them.
“I also wanted to give a special thanks to Schneider Electric for the generous donation and continued support, and want to encourage everyone to keep on contributing.”