Don gets his kicks on his own ver­sion of ‘Route 66’


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‘MARATHON MAN’ Don McDon­ald re­turned tri­umphant from a chal­leng­ing run from Dublin to Grey­stones last Sun­day lunchtime, greeted at the har­bour by friends and well-wish­ers af­ter the 66year-old took on the task in aid of Grey­stones Can­cer Sup­port and Row­ing Club. Mayor of Grey­stones Ge­orge Jones was amongst those wait­ing to con­grat­u­late him on com­plet­ing the run, which Don dubbed ‘Route 66’, in two hours, 43 min­utes and 18 sec­onds. The pub­lic were in­vited to guess the time and a win­ner has yet to be an­nounced. ‘At 66 years of age Don is an ex­am­ple to us all,’ said Cllr. Jones, prais­ing the lo­cal fundrais­ing Don has done over the years. With his loyal dog Spencer, Don man­aged to raise an es­ti­mated ¤4,000 for the two lo­cal causes. There were close to 100 peo­ple wait­ing at the har­bour af­ter Don made the 18 mile jour­ney all the way from O’Con­nell Bridge.

Nei­ther Spencer the dog nor his owner Don were left ex­hausted af­ter the day’s work, for which they had trained very hard over the months lead­ing up to the event. They both en­joyed sand­wiches and a rest in the club house af­ter­wards, with Don chat­ting away to every­one, de­lighted with his achieve­ment.

The money raised will go to sup­port the vi­tal ser­vice pro­vided by the Grey­stones Can­cer Sup­port Cen­tre as well as for kayaks and pad­dles for the younger mem­bers of the row­ing club, al­low­ing more mem­bers to join next sea­son.

LEFT: Don McDon­ald and faith­ful com­pan­ion Spencer ar­rive into Grey­stones af­ter run­ning from Dublin. ABOVE: Don with Grey­stones Row­ing Club mem­bers Wil­lie Byrne, Owen Kin­sella, Matthew O’Brien, Sam Byrne, and Jay Gor­man, and some of the tro­phies won by the club this year.

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