COUR­TOWN WOMAN ‘RAN TO MILAN’ OVER PAST YEAR

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A WOMAN from Cour­town has clocked up an in­cred­i­ble 1,825km run­ning in 2018 – which is the equiv­i­lant of run­ning from County Wex­ford to Milan in Italy!

Nicky Dea­con man­aged the im­pres­sive to­tal by get­ting out and run­ning 5km once a day for 365 days in 2018, and she is show­ing no sign of slow­ing down for 2019.

There were dou­ble cel­e­bra­tions on New Year’s Eve in Cour­town Har­bour when Nicky fin­ished her fi­nal 5K run for the year.

The lover of run­ning said it came about af­ter she made a New Year’s Res­o­lu­tion head­ing into 2018 to run 5K ev­ery­day un­til the end of the year.

For her last run of the year, a crowd of 30 peo­ple all gath­ered in Cour­town Har­bour at the Christ­mas tree to join in on her amaz­ing achieve­ment.

‘It was lovely to see all these peo­ple come with me on the 5K run,’ said Nicky. ‘It was a fun and so­cial evening and we ran through the woods and back.’

Nicky, who is cur­rently in her third year of nurs­ing in UCD, be­gan run­ning in 2014 af­ter giv­ing up horse rid­ing.

‘I don’t know how I came to start run­ning, but I re­mem­ber it was way eas­ier than horse rid­ing,’ said Nicky. ‘All I had to do was throw on shorts and go, whereas with a horse it was much more hard work.’

She said she has com­pleted 21 marathons to date with most be­ing done in Ire­land. Nicky has raised the bar high for 2019 and hopes to com­plete three marathons – one in Gran Ca­nary, one in Italy and then Dublin City marathon.

‘I am go­ing to try and do a 5K ev­ery­day for 2019 as well, well hope­fully,’ said Nicky. ‘I have done one up un­til now so might as well try and keep it go­ing. It’s hard to let go of some­thing you ab­so­lutely love.’

The stu­dent nurse said she is very lucky to live in Cour­town as it is filled with beau­ti­ful trails and has gor­geous scenic routes to run along. She com­pleted most of her routes in and around Cour­town and de­scribed it be­ing as nice as Marbella...bar the weather.

‘I see many peo­ple walk­ing along the Cour­town Road and would say to my­self if you walked for a few min­utes fur­ther you will see the lovely beaches and wood­land walks in Cour­town,’ she added.

Nicky Dea­con with the group af­ter com­plet­ing her last 5K.

Nicky Dea­con from Cour­town who com­pleted a 5K run ev­ery­day in 2018.

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