Edmond O’Dwyer from Portlaoise was chosen to represent Laois in this year’s Dublin City Marathon in the 2012 SPAR SPARTAN Challenge. Edmond completed the Irish Runner 5 mile race in Phoenix Park on Sunday July 1st in a fantastic time of 32min.
The 26 marathon novices will be guided in their preparation by fitness guru Karl Henry (Operation Transformation) and nutrition expert Paula Mee who are spearheading the campaign. They have also been put through a Chi-running workshop by former Olympian and triple marathon winner Catherina McKiernan.
Those who wish to follow Edmond’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 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 4th 2012.