Twomey to run the Dublin Marathon
HE MAY be used to running for election, but as one Dail Deputy will find this Bank Holiday Monday when he takes part in the Dublin City Marathon, this race could be his greatest challenge yet.
Deputy Liam Twomey is currently in training for the 26 mile race, which he is using to raise funds for Barnardos and to increase awareness about the upcoming Children's Referendum.
'I am looking forward to it but there is a certain amount of apprehension there too,' said Deputy Twomey, who will be racing alongside Meath West Deputy Damien English.
This is the Wexford TD's first marathon, having only started running in February. Since then he has taken part in the Wexford Half Marathon - recording a time of 1 hour 54 minutes - and has also run in other half marathons in Enniscorthy, Dublin and Cork.
'There is no comparison though between half marathons and a full one,' admits Deputy Twomey, who tries to take to the roads three days a week as part of his training regime.
His current training programme sees him running with Deputy English some 18 miles around the Phoenix Park while he is in Dublin for Dail sittings. Closer to home however, Liam is a familiar site to motorists as he runs along the N25.
Just five weeks ago he decided to challenge himself to run this marathon, and according to the Fine Gael TD, he is not aiming to finish in a particular time, he just wants to pass the finish line.