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Marathon Woman Completes ‘Lap Of The Map’ For RNLI

15th April 2018
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Arklow RNLI crew help Mary Nolan Hickey take a load off after she crossed the finish line yesterday Arklow RNLI crew help Mary Nolan Hickey take a load off after she crossed the finish line yesterday Photo: Twitter/rnlilapofthemap

#RNLI - Three-and-a-half months after setting out from her Arklow home, 65-year-old marathon runner Mary Nolan Hickey has completed her ‘lap of the map’ visiting RNLI lifeboat stations around the Irish coast, as TheJournal.ie reports.

Hickey received a hero’s welcome at Arklow lifeboat station yesterday (Saturday 14 April) at the end of her fundraising challenge, for which she inspired donations amounting to more than €36,000 for the lifesaving charity.

Hickey covered over 1,507 miles - the equivalent of 57 marathons - across 18 counties since she began on 1 January, deliberately choosing to run anti-clockwise in the winter months, as a nod to the tough conditions RNLI crews often face on the water.

“Once I started, there was no other thought in my mind other than ‘I will get this done.’ I could think of no better organisation to do this for,” Hickey told TheJournal.ie, which has more on her story HERE.

MacDara Conroy

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