Janet’s marathon ef­fort

The Argus - - NEWS - By MAR­GARET RODDY

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.

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