Janet’s marathon effort
DUNDALK woman Janet Mooney achieved her American dream when she completed the New York City Marathon recently.
‘It was great, absolutely fantastic,’ says Janet, who only took up marathon running two years on the urging of the late Andy Califf. She had been attending athletics events with her daughters and Andy encouraged her to take to the track as well.
Since then she has clocked up two Dublin City Marathons and achieved a long held ambition to visit New York when she completed the Big Apple’s famous marathon in aid of Temple Street Children’s Hospital.
She was one of twelve Irish runners who took part to raise funds for the children’s hospital and says there was a great sense of camaraderie among the group.
‘We were staying in a hotel with a lot of other runners from Ireland, including David Crosbie from Kingscourt, who had a double lung transplant and was raising money for the Mater Hospital.’
‘We all went out for a celebratory meal after the marathon,’ she recalls.
Janet says the experience of running the marathon through the streets of New York was ‘unbelievable.’
‘ There were people out cheering all along the route, and lots of live music with bands and gospel choirs,’ she recalls. ‘Going through the Bronx was like passing through a block party.’
‘ The crowd was unbelievable and as I wore an Irish Janet upon completing the New York marathon.
shirt with the Irish flag, lots of people were shouting ‘go Irish’, especially in Queens and the Bronx.’
Having picked up an injury in the Dublin Marathon, she found the course tough but was buoyed by the support of the crowds to keep going.
‘It’s a tough course, with a lot of hills, but it was just wonderful to get over the finish line in Central Park,’ she says.
She also managed to do some sight seeing, and after taking a well earned rest, is planning on running the Derry, Belfast, Dublin and the Donegal Quads marathons next year.
Donations can still be made to Temple Street through Janet’s page on everydayhero.com.