Greysteel’s Anne McKinney in ‘thanksgiving’ marathon effort

Anne during one of her many runs.
Anne during one of her many runs.

When Greysteel woman Anne McKinney fell and broke both arms while out running last year, she promised when she was back on her feet,she would do something to give thanks for her health.

Little did she know then just exactly what goal she would set out to achieve,.

On Thursday, the 42-year-old mum-of-three completed the first of four marathons in four days in Donegal.

Anne, an admin co-ordinator in the cancer unit at Altnagelvin, has been running for two years and has completed a number of marathons and half marathons.

However, Anne’s latest challenge has been her biggest yet.

“I’m taking on a huge challenge of Extreme North quadrathon. A friend posted a photo of the Quadrathon medal on Facebook, which was a clincher for me!Basically, it is four marathons in four days over hilly Donegal roads,” said Anne.

Making sure she is ready for the massive challenge, Anne has been upping her miles.

“I train three times a week with Eglinton Road Runners (could not have even contemplated this challenge without their support and encouragement) and, over the last few months, I have been increasing mileage and number of runs per week.”

Anne is taking on the challenge and fundraising for Foyle Hospice.

“Thankfully my family and I have been blessed with good health, but I see first hand in the cancer unit and have watched friends who have fought cancer.

“Knowing people have sponsored me will hopefully spur me on if I find it tough and I will dedicate my efforts to my sponsors and the lovely people at the Hospice who help to make the terminally ill and dying comfortable in their final weeks and months here on earth.

“I am grateful to be able to give something back to this deserving charity.”

Many people would never want to see another race for some time, but Anne has her next challenge lined up, explaining: “I’ll take a couple of weeks of before participating in great north run in Newcastle. After last year’s fall I decided when I got back on my feet I ‘d take on a huge challenge as a kind of ‘thanksgiving’ for my health. “