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Local man Alan Corcoran to swim 500km from Giant’s Causeway to Dunmore East in his father Milo’s memory


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n 2012 Waterford man Alan Corcoran became the first person to run a lap of Ireland by running 35 marathons


in 35 consecutive days. He did this in aid of charity, raising €15,000 for the Irish Heart Foundation’s Stroke Action Campaign, the National Rehabilitation Centre (NRH) and the Football Village of Hope after his father Milo Corcoran, the former President of the FAI, suffered a stroke. Sadly, in August 2016 Milo was diagnosed


with cancer and three short weeks later he died with his family by his side. Alan explains, “I spent the month of June


2016 travelling around France on my mo- torbike supporting the Irish Football Team and meeting my dad in Paris, Bordeaux and Lyon to enjoy the Euro games and the time together. Unfortunately a few weeks’ later things would change drastically. “My dad drove to Walsh Park to support


the Waterford under 21’s in their successful Munster Final win on Wednesday, July 27th and walked into the Waterford University Hospital on Friday, July 29th for tests having noticed his increased fatigue and deteriorat- ing health. Dad was diagnosed with having cancer of the bowel. A significant amount had also spread to his liver and he was ad- mitted to hospital immediately. “Three very short and horrendously tough


weeks later after one bout of chemo, the cancer had got the better of him and he died


on Monday, August 22nd. “Losing my dad, es-


pecially in the helpless manner in which it all happened, has been the toughest experi- ence of my life. Out of the darkness I am going through with my family I am determined to grasp any oppor- tunity to create some positives.” Determined to take


action, Alan has since committed to attempt- ing another mammoth task in aid of charity. This May he will be swimming 500km from the Giant’s Causeway to Dunmore East. He will be raising funds for the Irish Cancer So- ciety and the NRH as a “f**k you to Cancer and as a thank you to the NRH” having aided his father’s stroke recovery. Alan plans to complete the swim (which


Above: Alan is pictured with his father Milo and family at the Euros 2016. Right: At the finish line of his 35 marathons back in 2012


is the equivalent distance of swimming the English Channel 16 times) in roughly 30 days, swimming up to six hours a day. He will have to endure the inevitable stings from Portu- guese Man o’ War and jelly fish, will need to cross busy shipping lanes and will face


the real possibility of hypothermia given the long hours spent in cold water and calorie deficit. Alan is in need of sponsors, a RIB, a motor-


home and support crew. If you can help out or would like to donate to the charities please visit www.marathonman.co.


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