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Tuesday 19 February 2019

Firefighter's 160km jungle run in memory of his mum

Padraig and mum Columba after the 2017 Dublin Marathon
Padraig and mum Columba after the 2017 Dublin Marathon

A Dublin firefighter has run 160km through a Costa Rican jungle in aid of a charity that supported him in the wake of his mother's death from cancer.

Padraig Thompson completed the mammoth task in six days to raise money for CMRF Crumlin, a children's medical research charity.

Grieving

The father-of-two, from Clondalkin, was grieving the loss of his mother, Columba, when he took on the challenge.

She died in 2017, only months after Padraig's stepfather, Ollie, was killed in a road accident.

Representatives from CMRF Crumlin supported Padraig through his loss.

"Two weeks after returning from my honeymoon with my wife Emma in Lanzarote in May 2017, I lost my stepdad Ollie in a tragic road accident," he said.

"Then, 13 months later, after cancer showed its ugly face, I lost my mam to complications after a lung cancer operation.

"I was literally a broken man. Then, out of nowhere, a friend sent me a link to this challenge in Costa Rica."

Padraig previously ran the Dublin Marathon in memory of those who died in the Rescue 116 helicopter tragedy.

The 38-year-old, who is based at Dublin Fire Brigade's Tara Street Station, admitted he had "ventured into a dark place", but the fundraising challenge helped him rebuild his life.

He arrived home yesterday after completing the gruelling challenge.

Padsraig has been involved in a number of fundraising challenges over the past two years.

"I've done a lot of crazy things. Last year I ran about three marathons in one go - so 116km," he said.

His effort to raise funds can be helped at cmrf.org/event/run-a-south-pacific-jungle.

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