Ronan’s GOAL to the North Pole

GOAL Charity worker, Claraman Ronan Scully, who was also one of the leaders in RTE’s Operation Transformation and John Murray’s RTE Radio 1 Show and also joint winner of the Offaly Person of the Year is set next week to run a marathon with a difference – the North Pole Marathon on April 7 – to raise funds for the charity he works for - GOAL and some of his favorite charities.

GOAL Charity worker, Claraman Ronan Scully, who was also one of the leaders in RTE’s Operation Transformation and John Murray’s RTE Radio 1 Show and also joint winner of the Offaly Person of the Year is set next week to run a marathon with a difference – the North Pole Marathon on April 7 – to raise funds for the charity he works for - GOAL and some of his favorite charities.

Ronan will be making rare footsteps in the North Pole when he takes his place in what is also known as ‘the world’s coolest marathon’. All of Ronan’s flights and race entry have been fully sponsored by the Race Organiser and Irish Ultra Marathon Runner Ritchie Donovan as a donation to Ronan’s event and this means that all monies raised will go directly towards this charity event. It will also mean that Ronan will be the first Offaly man to run in an event at the geographical North Pole.

Ronan, who is a Regional representative for The Humanitarian Charity GOAL in the West of Ireland and midlands said: “2011 is shaping up to be a year I’ll definitely remember. The race will be a challenge but it’s something I am keen to do to support GOAL and some of my favorite charities. I have already been training hard, running in the Dunboyne 4 mile run recently and the Maynooth charity cycle from Maynooth to Galway which means I was not able to indulge as much as I normally would since the beginning of the New Year.”

Entrants in the North Pole Marathon are told to train as if it is a normal marathon; however, this is by no means normal. The 26.2 mile race is the only certified marathon run on the ocean, with competitors running entirely on the frozen ices that overlay the Arctic Ocean. As if running on ice wasn’t enough to contend with, temperatures are expected to be between –25°C and –30°C.

Ronan has pledged to try and raise funds for GOAL and some of his favorite charities by asking people to take a sponsorship card to support his marathon run and also to make a donation online when they visit his my charity page at link http://www.mycharity.ie/event/ronan_scullys_northpole_marathon_charity_run__2011/

For more information about GOAL and the various charities that Ronan is hoping to raise funds for and for further information on the North Pole Marathon go to Ronan Scully Face Book page or to his my charity page or contact Ronan Scully at rscully@goal.ie or for further information on the North Pole Marathon go to www.npmarathon.com. Please give what you can.

For the North Pole Marathon, entrants will be flown from Spitsbergen, Norway to North Pole camp. The race is scheduled for the following day – April 7; providing a suitable course can be established which avoids breaks in the ice and large pressure ridges. Competitors then fly back to Norway the following day. The North Pole Marathon is organized by Polar Running Adventures www.npmarathon.com