Scully to compete in Galway Marathon

CLARA man Ronan Scully, of RTE’s Operation Transformation, is set to embark on his latest challenge by competing in the Mini-Marathon at the 2011 Galway City Marathon at the end of August.

CLARA man Ronan Scully, of RTE’s Operation Transformation, is set to embark on his latest challenge by competing in the Mini-Marathon at the 2011 Galway City Marathon at the end of August.

Ronan starred in the fourth season of RTE’s Operation Transformation which was an eight week programme of diet, exercise and positive living aimed at giving everyone a fresh start to the year and positive outlook on life. He applied himself rigorously and lost a total of 26 lbs (11.8kgs) over the eight weeks.

Ronan continued his programme of exercise and diet and, in April, successfully completed the North Pole Marathon. His latest challenge is to compete in the mini-marathon and the Galway City Marathon and is challenging people to come out and join him to both invest in their own health and to also raise money for charity.

Ronan said, “I accomplished a lot over the eight weeks in Operation Transformation and I want to help provide a focus for others to do something similar in the eight weeks to the Galway City Marathon. In addition, we can hopefully raise some funds for charity in the process”. He will be supporting Self Help Africa which works at grassroots level in nine African countries, tackling poverty and improving the lives of local communities. Ronan will be joined by fellow Operation Transformation leader, Sinead Heffernan, from Enfield, Co Meath and by Dr Eddie Murphy, one of the expert team members from the show.

The Galway City Marathon organisers are supporting Ronan’s effort to fundraise by providing a mechanism for participants to register for the mini-marathon and to select a charity to support. The Galway City Marathon website provides a list of supported charities and instructions on how the support will work.

Ronan continued “If you were like me at the start and just needed a focus, and some help, to get out and get fit, then this is a great opportunity for you. We’re going to provide some training plans and we’re offering some master classes along the way to assist everyone in achieving their goal. The beauty of the Galway City Marathon is that you have a choice of events in which to run as they have a marathon and half-marathon in addition to the 10 km mini-marathon. The absolute novice will be able to complete the mini-marathon with an eight-week build-up”.

For further details on how you can join Ronan Scully please visit the Galway City Marathon website at www.galwaycitymarathon.com