Don gets his kicks on his own version of ‘Route 66’
FUNDRAISER MARATHON MANS RUNS FROM DUBLIN TO GREYSTONES ON HIS 66TH BIRTHDAY
‘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.