30 + 1 marathon challenge for Gerry

Sparky Gerry McCarthy is one of thousands of people putting their best foot forward for the 30th Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon on Monday 2 May.  However, before he takes his place on the starting line for his 15th crack at the big race, Gerry has a very important role to play in the preparations for the May Day event:  as an electrician with Translink, he will be helping to ensure that the fleet of buses responsible for ferrying relay runners between the various changeover points are all 'up and running'.  The Newtownabbey man is pictured gearing up for the challenge with one of Translink's last surviving vehicles from 1982 - the year of the first Belfast Marathon - and one of its most modern counterparts.  To join Gerry in the 2011 event, log on to www.belfastcitymarathon.com
Sparky Gerry McCarthy is one of thousands of people putting their best foot forward for the 30th Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon on Monday 2 May. However, before he takes his place on the starting line for his 15th crack at the big race, Gerry has a very important role to play in the preparations for the May Day event: as an electrician with Translink, he will be helping to ensure that the fleet of buses responsible for ferrying relay runners between the various changeover points are all 'up and running'. The Newtownabbey man is pictured gearing up for the challenge with one of Translink's last surviving vehicles from 1982 - the year of the first Belfast Marathon - and one of its most modern counterparts. To join Gerry in the 2011 event, log on to www.belfastcitymarathon.com

A GLENGORMLEY man is putting his best foot forward to prove that he’s a real ‘livewire’ when it comes to keeping fit.

Gerry McCarthy, who works for Translink as a bus electrician, is gearing up for the challenge of the 30th Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon on Bank Holiday Monday, May 2.

It will be his 31st marathon since he took up running the long distance events in 1997.

Gerry actually first took to the road in the late 1970s, starting off with shorter 5 to 10k runs. In 1983, he ran his first half marathon in Armagh but, after getting married in 1984, it was another ten years before he got back in the race, keen to improve his health and fitness levels as well as lose some weight.

Gerry embarked on a training regime of three 20 minute runs each week. Then, in 1996, while watching runners in the Belfast City Marathon from his car, he suddenly felt the itch to pull on his trainers once more and get involved in a big running event.

He ran his first full Belfast City Marathon in 1997 after stepping up his training routine.

Read the full story in this week’s Times...