Seventh heaven for world record holder Sinéad
Cork woman Sinéad Kane is an inspirational woman who just has completed the World Marathon Challenge, making her a world record holder. She completed seven marathons, on seven continents, in seven days.
It’s an exceptional achievement for anyone but Sinéad has just five per cent vision, making her achievement all the more remarkable.
Sinead will now enter the Guinness World Record book, becoming the first visually impaired person to complete the challenge.
“I don’t have to worry about what I eat for breakfast anymore,” jokes Sinéad as she speaks to the Cork Independent from her hotel room in Australia on Tuesday, having finished the challenge on Sunday. She will be back in Ireland by tomorrow (Friday).
Sinéad’s positive energy beams through, even over the phone, although her honesty about how she was feeling two days after her last marathon has to be admired.
“You know, today a lot of people would be feeling extremely happy that it’s all over. When I did wake up this morning, I thought ‘I need to rush down to the lobby to get to my race’, and then I realised that the marathon is over. After that, I was looking forward to my breakfast because I could eat whatever.
“But then I felt a sense of loss. As in you’re building up to this moment for a full year, every thought was about it and now it’s all gone. Many people might not have felt that sense of loss for a few days. However with me, it came quite quickly.”
Sinéad says she is the type of person who is goal-orientated and is always setting bigger goals for herself.
After completing previous goals, she always knew what she was going to do next. “I knew I was going to do x, y and z but with this I don’t really know what’s next because this was so big,” she admits.
The solicitor doesn’t know what she can do to top this goal of completing the seven day challenge.
It’s been an adventure for Sinéad though and she has learned a lot about emotions; happiness, sadness, loneliness and fear.
Since finishing the challenge, she has been overwhelmed by all the support back home in Youghal.
She adds that she couldn’t have completed the epic challenge without her guide John O’Regan and race organiser Richard O’Donovan. She also has a huge thanks for her sponsor Allianz, who came on board in December.
Sinéad and John finished their first marathon at Union Glacier, Antarctica on 23 January, before running in Chile, Miami, Madrid, Marrakech, Dubai and Australia. Sinéad came joint-first in her marathon in Dubai and finished in sixth place in her last one in Australia.
“I hope I have inspired people to believe in themselves, to think to themselves, that even if one door closes another can open.
“I don’t want people think that this is a situation where I was just handed money. There has been so much hard work. You have to be patient, persistent, and passionate about completing a certain goal.
“The point of this is that whatever goal you decide to do, you can do it! Whether it’s buying a home, starting a family or something else; be patient, be persistent and be passionate,” she urges.
Sinéad has documented her marathons at allianz.ie/blog/Sinead777.
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