May 9, 2019 in Important Notices, Latest News by Mark Guerin

Limerick AC would like to congratulate club member, Thomas Shanahan, on receiving a civic honour from the Mayor of the Metropolitan District of Limerick. Thomas received the award from Mayor, Daniel Butler, and President of Limerick AC, Ronnie Long. The event was held today, Thursday 9th May 2019, in Limerick City Hall on Merchants Quay.

Here is the background info for his recognition when he set a world record when he became the first person to run an amazing 20 marathons in 10 days.

On the 16th of August 2016 Thomas toed the start line of an epic challenge along with 12 others very high-profile endurance runners to see if some or any of them could set a world first and complete 20 full length 26.2-mile marathons in 10 consecutive days with very strict conditions.

The venue for the record was in Northern Italy around the beautiful lake Orta where the temperatures routinely hit 36 degrees.

Some of the conditions were that each of the 20 marathons had to be completed in a cut off time of 6 hours and there was no break between them. This meant that every marathon started at 8am and the second at 2 pm. strains started showing amongst the 12 competitors from an early stage and many dropped off at the start of day 2 and that trend continued until day 6 when only 2 were left. Thomas was attempting to raise funds for a charity very close to his heart ( Limerick Animal Welfare) and it was the continued donations which poured in that kept him going in some of the very difficult times towards the end. On the 15th of august Thomas and one other Italian competitor completed the mammoth task. 524miles had been ran in 10 days. The feat made the front pages of most of Irelands national newspapers and was covered in many European countries as well. £5000 was also raised for the dogs and cats in Law.

Thomas has since ran in another 31 marathons winning many of them, and his favourite marathon in his home city of limerick in 2019 will be his 102nd marathon. Together with his fellow Limerick Athletic Club teammates they have won the Munster marathon championships for the last 3 consecutive years. Thomas is a past pupil of Scoil Christ Ri and Ardscoil Ris

Thomas is a very humble and proud Limerick man and in 2018 as a way of supporting the limerick hurlers decided to run from the Gaelic grounds to Croke park 200km along busy roads all the time wrapped in the limerick flag. This took 3 day’s prior to the All Ireland final.

He is always quick to encourage people to run and is often seen rescuing swans, goats, stray dogs, cats up trees, and hedgehogs amongst others. At a recent marathon in Sixmilebridge he arrived with a stray dog he had picked up on the way out there, and only found minders for the dog with a minute to go to the start of the marathon which he won. Had he not found minders he would not have ran.

His partner Nicole and family, parents Mary and Tommy and older sister Michelle and brother William are always there to support and encourage his adventures. Michelle took time off work to be there for him in Italy and was there from his first marathon in 2012 in limerick as well as many others.

He has also completed other running feats such as the following

*Ran the entire length of the Camino in Spain 500 miles in 12 days 2015

*Ran the west highland way in Scotland 120 miles in 3 days 2014

*Ran 2 100km races

*In 2018 ran for 24hr nonstop covering 100miles

Thomas is currently preparing to become the first Irishman to run across the United States, from the west coast to the east coast, in less than 90 days. Well done Thomas, you are an true inspiration when it comes to the spirit of running.