Four sisters running 400 miles in four weeks in different counties for aunt

Four sisters have started running 400 miles over the next four weeks in three different counties to raise €4000 for a hospice where their aunt started living in recent weeks.
Four sisters running 400 miles in four weeks in different counties for aunt
Carol, Sinead, Mairin and Deirdre (nee McNally) who are running 400 miles in four weeks in three counties to support their aunt.

Four sisters have started running 400 miles over the next four weeks in three different counties to raise €4000 for a hospice where their aunt started living in recent weeks.

Deirdre Bonar (43), twins Sinead Ui Ghibne and Carol Scott (48) and Mairin Higgins (50) have already chalked up almost 60 miles since they started running in Louth, Meath and Wicklow on Easter Monday.

The virtual running partners, who are originally McNallys from Dublin’s Dun Laoighaire, notch up the distances each day while keeping within the 2km Covid-19 restriction distance.

Deirdre goes running around her home outside Dunleer, Co. Louth while Sinead jogs the length of Donore, Co. Meath and Carol and Mairin train near where they live in Co Wicklow (Arklow and Blessington respectively) Deirdre said they started the challenge to give back what Our Lady’s Hospice in Dublin’s Harold’s Cross has done for their aunt Cecil who was diagnosed with Motor Neurone disease last May.

"Cecil lived on her own and was really independent and thanks to the out reach supports and day services provided by Our Lady’s Hospice, she managed to stay at home until three weeks ago.

’It is a bit challenging with the 2km distance but we are getting creative’

"She now lives in the long-term extended care unit for people with palliative conditions but loads of life still in them.

"Our Lady’s Hospice have set up virtual visits so families and friends can call residents and patients on different media platforms, which has been of huge peace of mind to us and company for Cecil.

"We were doing a bit of running anyway and putting screenshots of our distances up on a shared WhatsApp group for the sisters and we decided on Easter Monday we would do this and start straight away.

Mum Ber, Mairin, Sinead, Deirdre, Carol and aunt Cecil
Mum Ber, Mairin, Sinead, Deirdre, Carol and aunt Cecil

"It is a bit challenging with the 2km distance but we are getting creative. We are running down old lanes we find on our journey or creating a new route around a new circuit within the limits. We are virtually running together for the next few weeks."

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