Brendan takes on New York marathon for Action Cancer

Newtownabbey man Brendan McGeown completed the New York City Marathon to raise funds for Action Cancer. INNT 45-597CON
Newtownabbey man Brendan McGeown completed the New York City Marathon to raise funds for Action Cancer. INNT 45-597CON
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Newtownabbey man Brendan McGeown has raised thousands of pounds for Action Cancer by completing the New York City Marathon.

Brendan jetted off to the Big Apple last week to take part in the annual race on Sunday, November 1.

The Carnmoney man was part of a group of local runners who took on the marathon challenge in support of the Northern Ireland cancer charity.

The marathon course took runners through all five city boroughs - Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx and Manhattan, finishing up in the iconic Central Park.

More than 50,000 runners took part in the annual event and along the route they were cheered on by an estimated two million spectators.

There were also live bands and DJs playing along the way, ensuring an electric atmosphere for athletes and spectators alike.

Brendan, who completed the gruelling 26-mile course in a time of 4 hours 15 minutes, has raised more than £3,000 for the local cancer charity.

Action Cancer’s events assistant, Stacey Graham described the trip as “a once in a lifetime experience” for Brendan and his fellow participants.

“This was an amazing experience for the group and Action Cancer was delighted to have their support. The group worked really hard on their training and their fundraising and we would like to thank them for their efforts,” she said.

“In total Brendan has raised more than £3,275 in sponsorship. This will go towards Action Cancer’s lifesaving services including: early detection breast screening services, the Big Bus mobile unit, complementary and counselling services and health promotion services.”

To find out more about Action Cancer’s New York Marathon challenge, or to find about signing up for a place in 2016, contact Stacey Graham on 028 9080 3349, email sgraham@actioncancer.org or visit the website - www.actioncancer.org