No Payne, no gain for local charities!

Ed to run 200 miles for good causes

Tulsk dairy farmer and elite athlete, Ed Payne, will be lacing up his running shoes once again this weekend as he sets off on a mammoth 200-mile run in aid of Tulsk National School and South Roscommon Family Resource Centre.

Ed’s run will take him from Shannon Harbour in County Offaly to the Grand Canal in Dublin before returning to Tulsk via the Royal Canal on Sunday afternoon, a distance of over 330kms.

The kind-hearted runner, who will be supported by wife Jennifer and sons Ben and Aaron this weekend, says this will be the longest run he has ever attempted.

“I’ll be setting off around six o’clock on Friday evening and running continuously throughout the weekend…apart from a few ‘disco naps’ here and there,” he said.

“The hardest part will be running in the depths of night at around 2 am to 4 am. But I am hoping to return to Tulsk National School some time on Sunday afternoon where there will be a bit of a party hopefully!”

Ed, who is a member of Sliabh Bán Athletics Club, is encouraging other runners to come and join him on different parts of the route.

“Hopefully people can join me on the canals and Sliabh Bán. It’s for two very good causes. Tulsk National School, where both our children are students, is fundraising for a new AstroTurf pitch while South Roscommon Family Resource Centre are looking to expand their services. That’s an organisation that does great work for families in Roscommon,” he said.

“We’re very grateful for all donations so far and whatever people can contribute to these two worthy causes is very much appreciated”.