Big run in the Big Apple for Colin

Toddlers Stella Oxborrow and Logan Huish, who go to Mencap's Segal House Nursery in Belfast, wishing Mencap New York Marathon runners, Colin Downey (left), Dervla and Keith Weir, 'Good Luck' before they left for New York and the city's marathon.

Toddlers Stella Oxborrow and Logan Huish, who go to Mencap's Segal House Nursery in Belfast, wishing Mencap New York Marathon runners, Colin Downey (left), Dervla and Keith Weir, 'Good Luck' before they left for New York and the city's marathon.

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Colin Downey from Glengormley had only ever completed one leg of the Belfast Marathon before he ran half of this year’s 26-mile race. But last Sunday he bravely pounded the streets of the Big Apple in this year’s New York City Marathon.

Colin, who worked with people with a learning disability for six years as a Mencap employment officer, used his marathon effort to raise over £3,000 for Mencap. The money was raised for the charity through bag packs, donations and collections.

“The help from family and friends had been phenomenal and everyone has been so generous,” he said.

Justine Fleck, Mencap in Northern Ireland’s area fundraising manager, praised Colin’s dedication.

“Running a marathon isn’t easy, so a big thank you to Colin. His fantastic effort will help us to continue our support, enabling people with a learning disability in Northern Ireland to live their lives the way they want.”