Cork duo on track for Triathlon record

Cork cousins Sean Buckley and James Colbert arrive in Midleton, Co Cork, having cycled through every county in the country. Pictures: Miki Barlok

Two cousins who have swum the length of the Shannon and cycled through every county in Ireland are on course to set an incredible triathlon endurance record.

Endurance Challenge duo Sean Buckley and James Colbert last night completed the second leg of their epic attempt when they cycled into Midleton in East Cork after spending the last 10 days covering a remarkable 1,780km — more than half of the distance of the Tour De France.

They have already completed a six-day 120km swim along the entire length of the River Shannon. They are now limbering up for four marathons between now and Sunday, hitting the road in Monaghan tomorrow, Westport on Thursday, Dublin on Saturday, and finishing in their home town, Midleton, on Sunday.

It will be the town’s first marathon, with the course taking runners through Fota Gardens and Wildlife Park.

The cousins issued a rallying call last night for people to join them in that final marathon, and for people to make donations. The cousins, who are undertaking the challenge in memory of Sean’s father, John, who died from cancer in late 2012, hope to raise €500,000 for Breakthrough Cancer Research.

“To have witnessed personally the pain and suffering that a cancer patient endures during treatment made me realise that any pain I would endure during the Endurance Challenge would pale in comparison,” Sean said.

“We are pleading to everyone to come out and take part in a run or cycle or to sponsor our efforts.”

James said it is only when cancer “touches someone close to you” that all your trust and hope goes into treatments, which stem from cancer research. “We really hope our challenge will raise much needed awareness and funds for Breakthrough Cancer Research,” he said.

Registration is still open for 5km, 10km, half marathon and full marathon distances in the Midleton event on Sunday by logging on to

-You can sponsor Sean and James by texting BCR to 50300 to donate €4 to Breakthrough Cancer Research.


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