A DEDICATED charity champion who embarked on an incredibly demanding 42.2km marathon around Killarney’s Cardiac Steps and Torc mountain, in memory of his late sister, has raised in excess of €17,000 through donations for the Kerry Hospice.
Ger Bythell set off on the epic Torcathon marathon last March in tribute to his beloved sister, Ros Wallace, from Fossa in Killarney, who passed away last November.
Ger undertook the exhausting solo marathon to mark what would have been her 50th birthday and to raise funds for the hospice team in Tralee who took great care of Ros during her illness.
It too him approximately six hours to complete the ultra-demanding course which involved starting out with the Cardiac Steps loop, summiting Torc, via the Cardiac Steps, which is a distance of 14.5km, before he repeated the second leg of the challenge.
The final leg was similar to lap one but it was shortened to 5.55km by descending via Torc Waterfall back to the car park.
Ger’s sister, Ros, a hugely popular mum-of-three, was originally from Cork but settled in Killarney where she and her husband, Alan, reared their children David, Richard and Rachel.
Ros also loved the outdoors and the mountains and she was a regular participant in the annual Ring of Kerry and Ring of Beara charity cycles.
Ger was joined by Alan, David and Rachel Wallace to present the cheque for over €17,000 to Kerry Hospice representatives at the in-patient unit in Tralee.
“What a fantastic cheque presentation and we in Kerry Hospice Foundation are overwhelmed with this huge gesture. Well done to all and a huge thank you to all who supported the event,” said a Hospice spokesperson.
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