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  • 32 marathons, 32 counties, 16 days
  • Joined by Tralee native, Garda Ollie O'Sullivan
  • All proceeds go to Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind

 Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind is delighted to announce that Cork fire fighter "The Running Fireman" Alex O'Shea will bring his 32 Marathon, 32 counties in 16 days Challenge to Roscommon on Monday, 3 September. All proceeds will go towards supporting the life changing work of the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind.

Alex will have completed his 5th Marathon earlier in Mayo before travelling to Lough Key Forrest Park.


Alex will be joined on his challenge by Tralee native Garda Ollie O'Sullivan who will not only crew for Alex but will take on his own personal challenge to run 50km of the 84km a day every day of the challenge.

Ahead of the Challenge Alex said: "A big thanks to everyone in Roscommon for supporting us with Marathon No 6. We are looking forward to taking our amazing challenge to Lough Key Forrest Park. While I have yet to visit, I have heard this is a location of great beauty with trails and so much to do, from aerial walkways in the tree canopy to puzzles and much more. I would encourage everyone to come along and run even part of the distance."

Once Marathon No. 6 is completed Alex will immediately head on to Sligo where he will rest overnight before embarking on Marathon No. 7 and No, 8 in Sligo and Leitrim.

Patrick Burke, Chairman of Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind commented: "We have huge admiration for the courage Alex is showing to take on this momentous challenge. Everyone here wishes him and Ollie the very best of luck. Support like this makes a real difference to our work changing lives of those who are vision impaired and families of children with autism."

There are numerous ways to get involved including joining Alex by running anything from a mile to a full marathon, making a donation or taking a sponsorship card.


The Challenge

Saturday 1 Sept Marathon 1 Dingle, Co, Kerry
  Marathon 2 Limerick
Sunday 2 Sept Marathon 3 Clare
  Marathon 4 Galway
Monday 3 Sept Marathon 5 Mayo
  Marathon 6 Roscommon
Tuesday 4 Sept Marathon 7 Sligo
  Marathon 8 Leitrim
Wednesday 5 Sept Marathon 9 Fermanagh
  Marathon 10 Donegal
Thursday 6 Sept Marathon 11 Tyrone
  Marathon 12 Derry
Friday 7 Sept Marathon 13 Antrim
  Marathon 14 Down
Saturday 8 Sept Marathon 15 Armagh
  Marathon 16 Monaghan
Sunday 9 Sept Marathon 17 Louth
  Marathon 18 Dublin
Monday 10 Sept Marathon 19 Meath
  Marathon 20 Cavan
Tuesday 11 Sept Marathon 21 Longford
  Marathon 22 Westmeath
Wednesday 12 Sept Marathon 23 Kildare
  Marathon 24 Offaly
Thursday 13 Sept Marathon 25 Tipperary
  Marathon 26 Laois
Friday 14 Sept Marathon 27 Wicklow
  Marathon 28 Wexford
Saturday 15 Sept Marathon 29 Carlow
  Marathon 30 Kilkenny
Sunday 16 Sept Marathon 31 Waterford
  Marathon 32 Cork


Further information including routes & times can be viewed here – www.alexoshea.ie

View promotional video - https://youtu.be/cCLtMgnH7CU 

About Alex O'Shea

  • Alex O’Shea is a 44-year-old married, father of 4, originally from Carrigaline now living in Ballineen, Co. Cork
  • Alex works as a full-time fire fighter with Cork City Fire Brigade since 2005.
  • Previous to 2005, Alex served in the Irish Naval Service for 11 years and was deployed with the United Nations in Lebanon and served on many of the Irish naval service vessels.
  • In the last few years Alex has developed a love of running and has pursued many personal running challenges and goals meeting some great people along the way.
  • Alex completed his first marathon only 4 years ago and became a Guinness World Record holder in the process: Fastest Marathon in Full Fire Gear in 3hrs 41min 10sec. Since then he has competed for Ireland at the 100km World Championships in Spain 2016 and won silver medals in the 50km and 24-hour national championship events in 2017.
  • Alex runs for Cork City Council in the BHAA (Business House Athletic Association) races. Alex is also a member of St. Finbarr’s Athletic Club in Cork & is affiliated with Marathon Club Ireland.

About Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind

Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind (IGDB) is Ireland’s national charity dedicated to helping people who are vision impaired and families of children with autism to achieve improved mobility and independence.

For over 40 years we have provided life-changing services and support to people across Ireland with sight loss.

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