Fifteen marathons down; 14 more to go, and he’s still running.
That’s Limavady’s marathon man, Hugh McLaughlin who is halfway through his gruelling challenge of running 28 marathons in 28 days and all on a treadmill.
As if that’s not enough, budding actor Hugh - who has lost 10lbs to date - finishes his charity challenge by running one last 26.2 miles in Belfast on May 6.
“I expected blisters, shin splints and all that, but I never expected a stress fracture on my left shin,” he told the ‘Journal’ yesterday from his base at Drumceatt Square, beside the Roe Valley Arts & Cultural Centre. “It’s really sore and it’s not getting better at all. Mentally, there are days when I’m running and I am staring down Market Street and there isn’t a being about and it can get tough, but my mind is stronger than my body!”
Hugh said so far he has raised more than £2,000 for ‘Action Cancer’ thanks to the incredibly generous Limavady public, friends and family.
“People have been great, so supportive,” he said. “My target is to raise £5,000, but to get to £6,000 would be great. People have been great. There was a fella from Derry, Cahir Logue, and he brought me down coffee today. People are tooting their horns and stopping by and dropping off money. We also have a relay going on Sundays where 12 people are helping me run around the town.”
Hugh said the tragic events at Boston earlier in the week have also motivated him to keep going, alongside his inspirational dad who has recovered from bladder cancer.
“I will finish it, but it will be tough,” he said, candidly. “My longest marathon has been 12 hours and 20 minutes. I could barely walk!”
To support Hugh text hugh62, leave a space and then put in the amount and text to 70070 (texts are free), or drop by and place your donation in the bucket. You can also follow hugh on his Facebook page or on Twitter at @actorhugh