Preparations are underway in Arklow for the arrival home of Mary Hickey on Saturday.
As you will be aware she has been on the road in probably the worst winter in living memory, when she lands in Arklow on Saturday April 14th , she will have covered over 1,506 miles (the equivalent of 57 marathons), run through eighteen counties and raised over €30,000 for the RNLI.
Battling through Storm Fionn in January, Mary thought she had seen the worse of the winter weather, sending her ski poles home. Little did she know that Storm Emma had other ideas, forcing the resilient marathon runner off the road at the start of March. A red weather warning is the only thing that stopped Mary on her entire lap of Ireland.
On Saturday 14th Mary will make her way from Courtown RNLI station to Arklow, where she is due to arrive on the Main Street at 2pm, before then winding her way to the Arklow RNLI station, where it all started on January 1st .
A fantastic welcome is planned, to acknowledge her supreme physical and mental efforts of the past three and a half months.
We are trying to get as many clubs on board to do a parade from the Arklow Courthouse to the RNLI station, so were hoping for a great atmosphere. There will be a small presentation down at the RNLI Station followed by refreshments served in Arklow Scout Hall.
We would absolutely love the support of the whole town to make this a day Mary will remember forever.
Mary will travel from Courtown through Ballymoney, Tara Hill, Castletown, then out onto the Inch Road at the Castletown Junction (not Scarnagh), on then to Arklow, down the Main St, onto Lower Main St to Arklow RNLI