Team Archie ready for third Dublin Marathon





This Sunday will see Team Archie aiming to complete their third Dublin City Marathon in a row. 13-year-old Archie Naughton and his two brothers, George and Isaac, suffer from the debilitating disease, Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, and Archie will be in a specially adapted running buggy for Sunday’s event.

  Archie and his team have been putting in the hard miles over recent weeks and months and his coach Sinéad Gannon believes he is ready to complete his Dublin City Marathon hat-trick.

  “There is something very special about the Dublin Marathon. I have completed three of the world’s major marathons; New York, London and Berlin, but still nothing beats Dublin. It’s a combination of the camaraderie, the support along the route and the race director Jim Aughney’s organisation of the event.   “Three Team Archie members – myself, Adrian Smith and Tonya Hand – have been with Archie from day one. Sisters Elaine and Leigh Allen have also joined the team. This is Elaine’s second year with Team Archie and Leigh’s first.

  “Each year the Dublin Marathon gets better with Archie. Nearly everybody knows him along the route now and each corner you turn puts another pep in the step. It’s a wonderful feeling as we reach the finish line and are greeted by Team Archie supporters,” she said.

  According to his coach, Archie has had to work hard on his core and leg strength in order to prepare for the impact of the 26 miles this Sunday. But while preparations have been tough, Archie and the rest of the team are really looking forward to this year’s Dublin City Marathon.

  This year, Team Archie will have over 60 participants running and walking in aid of Archie and the Join Our Boys Trust. This year hasn’t been easy on the Naughton family as the three boys continue to endure the catastrophic disease.

  Team Archie aim to continue in their efforts to raise awareness of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, while raising much-needed funds for research and the construction of a specially adapted house for the boys.

  This Sunday will see some well-known Rossies don the orange colours of Team Archie and Join Our Boys as they ‘keep moving’ towards the Dublin City Marathon finish line.

* Sincere thanks are extended to Gleeson’s, MJ Farrell Jewellers and Class Grass for sponsorship. Their continued support is greatly appreciated.


Coffee Morning this Friday

A Coffee Morning in aid of Team Archie’s 3rd Dublin City Marathon bid will be held in Gleeson’s R & R, The Square, Roscommon this Friday, 25th of October from 11 am-1 pm. All support greatly appreciated.