OAP phenomenon Pat O’Loughlin has paid tribute to all those who contributed to his record breaking total of £7,000 after completing the Dublin Marathon for the 37th time.
Pat, with the support of son Ciaran, Jenny McMenamin and her daughter Rachel, completed the 26 odd miles in seven hours and eight minutes.
The Derg jeweller admits the challenge gets a little tougher every year but insisted the generosity of local people in supporting his fundraising for MS Research continues to be his inspiration.
“People are getting more generous the older I get,” laughed Pat.
“We raised over £7,000 this year and that is the best total yet. As my sister told me that was £1,000 for every hour!
“But all joking aside, the generosity of people never ceases to amaze me.”
Conditions for the race itself were near perfect and for the first half Pat was getting around in 14-minute miles.
Understandably things got a little tougher in the second half but with the support of his team and encouragement from Jenny McMenamin’s husband Sean and granddaughter Leah, not to mention much needed sustance provided by son Patrick and wife Philomena, he made it across the finish line.
Pat’s celebrity status also kept him ticking over with commentators, prompted by team-mate Jenny, ensuring onlookers gave the 81-year-old a big cheer as he passed by.
Following Sunday, Pat has now completed 64 marathons and despite suffering from a few aches and pains in recent days he has little notion of hanging up his running shoes just yet.
“It was a bit tougher this year for sure but the only problem was the discomfort from a bad knee,” he added
“I think people were praying that I would finish. As for the fundraising it was a great success once again.”
Pat is planning to present a cheque to MS Research at a fundraising dinner in the Derg Arms on November 28.
He will continue to accept to donations in person up to then or it can be done online by going to www.justgiving.com/Pat-OLoughlin.
Since running his first Dublin marathon in 1980 the popular Castlederg runner has raised approximately £77,000 for MS.
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