Laois Spartan preparing for marathon

Tomas Moore from Ballynina was chosen to represent Laois in the 2011 National Lottery Dublin Marathon having won the popular vote in the SPAR Spartan challenge.

Tomas Moore from Ballynina was chosen to represent Laois in the 2011 National Lottery Dublin Marathon having won the popular vote in the SPAR Spartan challenge.

Tomas completed the gruelling Frank Duffy 10 Mile race in the Phoenix Park on August 20 in a fantastic time of 1 hour 19 mins which built on his Irish Runner 5 mile time of 38 mins.

The next race Tomas and the 26 strong team of SPARTANS will take on is the National Lottery half marathon on September 17 followed by the Dublin marathon on October 31.

The 26 Spartans are being guided in their preparation by fitness guru, Karl Henry (Operation Transformation) and nutrition expert, Paula Mee who are spearheading the campaign.

Those who wish to follow Tomas’s progress, training runs and blog updates can do so via the website www.spartanchallenge.ie or by visiting SPAR’s Facebook page.

The website also includes motivational, fitness and nutrition videos from the expert panel and will be updated weekly with new content so that anyone can follow the programme.

The SPARTAN that receives the most support votes and is judged to have most fully embraced all aspects of the challenge will win a trip for two to New York to spectate at the New York City marathon on November 6. Vote for Tomas by logging onto www.spartanchallenge.ie.

SPAR aims to drive awareness and support for its charity of the year the 3Ts – Turning the Tide of Suicide.

The 3Ts aims to heighten awareness of the problem of suicide in Ireland and to raise funds to help lower suicide rates through a dedicated helpline ‘1 Life’ (Free phone 1-800-24-7-100), research, educational support and intervention. The 1Life service is provided through a partnership involving the 3Ts and Console.