Sunday, April 1 was a day for heroes and inspiration in the village of Rhode as local man Niall Murphy ran two and a half marathons in one day to raise funds for Irish Autism Action.
Hundreds of people lined the street and hundreds joined the forty year old PRO of Offaly GAA’s county board as he completed the ’100km for €100k for Autism’ on Offaly roads, starting at 8am as the frost cleared, and finishing after 7pm, as the evening sun went down.
But a delighted Niall took no credit for his incredible feat, preferring instead to heap praise on his community.
Niall said, “The support for this event has been overwhelming, the village of Rhode and surrounding areas have come out in force to help raise funds for a charity that is close to my heart.”
Despite feeling the soreness in his legs the inspirational crowds both in the village and around the course were the tonic to help him complete the challenge.
Niall is indebted to everybody who took part at so many different stages throughout the day, some people even doing two, three and four laps of the course. Approximately 1,000 did the 10K lap over the course of the day as the people then gathered to the finish line to see Niall finish at 7.10pm a total of 10hrs 55minutes after beginning at Rhode GAA pitch at 8.15am that morning. There were great scenes of elation and joy as Niall had finally completed his challenge.
The 100k committee are indebted to DML Fire Systems are the main sponsors of the event. DML Fire Systems is owned by Declan Murphy (Niall’s brother) and Tommy Lyons (Offaly football Manager 1996 – 1999).
The 100k committee are indebted to every business in Rhode, Edenderry and surrounding areas for their outstanding support in these very difficult economic times. Also to everybody who has signed up to be a captain or a participant on the day and to everybody who has sponsored or donated any funds towards this event.
The support has been overwhelming and it shows the outstanding community spirit that Rhode parish has along with our good neighbours in Edenderry, north Offaly and right across the county and country as this event is been supported from near and far.
most people who were at the finish line and myself i cried tears of emotion when niall made that line and crossed it, in my eyes a Hero to me , a man who didnt give up, and not only did it for himself but for others also, Rhode village should be very proud, well done to all who helped make this day the most memorable day for everyone involved, Thank-you Nial
To sponsor Niall and show your support to him on his amazing achievement click on the following link to donate http://www.sponsor.ie/niall-murphy/event/100km-for-100k-for-autism/
Mens - 1st Catch Grennan 34:03:00; 2nd David Fox 35:53:00; 3rd Jason Donegan 36:42:00
Women - 1st Pauline Curley 36:45:00; 2nd Mary Bracken 42:10:00; 3rd Ciara Malone 44:29:00