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'I will run 500 miles, and I will run 500 more', proclaims charity gran Collette

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Collette O’Hagan has already completed 728 marathons

Collette O’Hagan has already completed 728 marathons

Collette O’Hagan has already completed 728 marathons

Covid-19 has failed to force 70-year-old marathon runner Collette O'Hagan to hang up her runners.

Granny Collette, who had completed 728 marathons before the lockdown came into force, said staying idle is not an option for her.

Using her Dundalk home as her starting and finishing line, she plans to run 1,000 miles (1,609km) in the coming weeks to raise funds for a cancer charity close to her heart.

"I'd say the neighbours will be getting sick looking at me," she said.

Collette, referencing I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) by Scottish band The Proclaimers, said: "I will run 500 miles and I will run 500 more, just to be the girl that wants to do a little more.

"My goal is to run 1,000 miles during lockdown for the North Louth Hospice.

"With charities struggling, it isn't easy to fundraise, but cancer is still here and the hospice is vital."

Collette and husband Larry have been cocooning at home and have Easter eggs still waiting to give to their grandchildren.

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"Cancer is still ongoing, it's not going away, and people will always need the service of the hospice," she said.

"They have no funds now because the shop is shut, and there would have been events to raise funds and they're not getting any money at the minute, which is why I decided I'd try and get a few bob to help them.

"I run two to three marathons a week, and with this challenge I want to run 1,000 miles and raise €1,000 for the charity."

Collette will do 20 miles (32km) a day, running by herself within the permitted distance.

"There's a circuit I will stick to, which is why I'd say the neighbours will be sick looking at me," she added.

To donate, search for "1,000 miles for the North Louth Hospice" on Go- FundMe.