Local man to run 90km for Lough Ree RNLI boathouse

Athlone resident Denis Bergin will run 90km around Lough Ree this weekend in order to raise funds for the RNLI boathouse which is nearing completion at Coosan Point, Athlone.

  The Tullamore native and long-time supporter of the charity said: “I was hoping to run in the Dublin City Marathon to support the new lifeboat station but when that got cancelled I had to think of a different challenge for the same weekend. As the lifeboat covers every corner of the lake, running around it seemed a good alternative”.

Denis will start from the Lough Ree RNLI boathouse at Coosan Point on Saturday morning (24th) at 9 am. His route will take him through Ballykeeran, Glasson and onwards through the parishes of Tang, Ballymahon, Kenagh and Newtowncashel as he hugs the lake shore on his way to the bridge at Lanesboro, Co. Longford.

On the return marathon he will run down the west side of Lough Ree from Ballyleague towards Roscommon town and south through Kilteevan, Knockcroghery, Lecarrow, Ballybay and Hodson Bay back to finish in Coosan on Sunday afternoon.

Lough Ree RNLI Treasurer Vincent Rafter welcomed the initiative and said: “Great progress has been made on raising the €100,000 community contribution for the €1.2 million boathouse and the generosity and endurance of people like Denis are an inspiration to all those who support and rely on the charity”.

Donations to Denis Bergin’s double marathon run for the boathouse can be made at the following ‘gofundme’ page: https://gofund.me/aa9421bf.