Amateur Athletes James Colbert and Sean Buckley are undertaking a record-breaking triathlon feat this August, in aid of Breakthrough Cancer Research - and they'll be in Donegal for part of it.

The two men plan to cycle through every county in Ireland, swim 120km of the River Shannon and run in four consecutive marathons, 2068km in just 22 days from 3-24th August.  The event series, called the Endurance Challenge, is open to the public to participate in and aims to raise €500,000 for new treatment options for poor prognosis cancers.  It is in memory of Sean’s father, John Buckley, who passed away from cancer last year.

Donegal plays a big part in Endurance Challenge as day two of the tour of Ulster (one of four cycling challenges covering in excess of 1780km) begins in Derry City on Tuesday 12 August and travels 139km to Enniskillen via the towns of Strabane, Donegal Town and Ballyshannon.

If you would like to get involved in Endurance Challenge, you can either sponsor James and Sean through the, on their pages or you can join them in one of the four marathons taking place in each province, in one or more of the four regional cycle tours, or swim part of the River Shannon.  The various events cater for all levels of fitness.

Endurance Challenge is sponsored by ESI technologies and EMC.
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