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About is a service provided by the Inspire Ireland Foundation which is dedicated to taking the mystery out of mental health. It aims to provide quality assured mental health information and inspiring real life stories by young people to help other young people get through tough times. also provides information about other services that can help people deal with mental health problems. To donate, please click on the link under the ‘Blogroll’ heading or go directly to

About the Challenge

The challenge is to raise funds for ReachOut by completing 20 marathons in the 2012 Irish season. A breakdown of all the marathons can be found here, in the “Race Times” section.

About Oliver Clare

I live in Ireland and am currently working as a trainee accountant. I’m also interested in other stuff such as debating, football, politics, film, progressive euro-trance/jazz crossover music, languages and many other things not directly applicable to marathon running.

I got involved with Inspire Ireland following a meeting with their ambassador Nigel O’ Callaghan and Vince McCarthy, their community engagement manager. Fortunately, they agreed with my argument that lactic acid is probably just a myth anyway and that running 20 marathons in 2012 was clearly the most practical way to go about raising funds and awareness of issues surrounding mental health! I’ve been preparing for this challenge since last October and will be posting regular updates on my progress. Please feel free to follow said progress on this blog or join the ‘Running for Reachout’ pages on Facebook, Twitter and Flickr!

Just after the 2012 Connemarathon with Nigel O’Callaghan (left)

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  1. Ha ha, that’s some challenge you’ve set yourself! You sound about as sensible as I am!

    April 5, 2012
  2. You just reminded me I need to update this page! Yup, you could never accuse me of being sensible 😀

    April 5, 2012
  3. Wow! That’s quite a challenge! I look forward to hearing more about it! Good luck!

    April 6, 2012
  4. What an amazing challenge, for a great cause too. All the best!

    April 13, 2012
  5. Thanks guys, much appreciated. Will be posting updates more regularly from now on 🙂

    April 13, 2012
  6. You’ve taken on an awesome endeavor! Nice work!

    April 14, 2012
  7. Awesome!! You make marathon running sound like a breeze…! Good work!

    May 16, 2012
  8. I’m getting exhausted from just reading about your goals and running. I’m impressed. 🙂

    June 3, 2012
  9. Hi,
    I’ve nominated you for a blogger award!

    Here are the rules for receiving the award: (1) thank the blogger who nominated you (2) include the links to their blogs, (3) include the award image in your post, (4) copy the award image to your site, (5) give seven random facts about yourself, (6) nominate 15 other bloggers for the award, (7) when nominating other bloggers include the links to their sites, and (7) let those bloggers know they’ve been nominated.

    June 6, 2012
  10. What a fantastic challenge to take on!

    June 11, 2012
  11. Wow, what an incredible journey and goal you have set out to do!! That is so awesome to run for a cause like that. Wishing you the best with it! 🙂

    June 11, 2012
  12. 20 marathons. Are you nuts!? Good luck. One day I might do one. Count that with me. One! Kim*

    July 27, 2012
  13. What a fantastic and purposble way to advocate for mental illness. You are amazing and inspiring. I have never run and the furthest I have ever hiked is 13 miles in one day.

    September 26, 2012
  14. Your challenge is very tough 🙂 I am a runner and my longest race have only been a 5k and I haven’t raced more than about 10 of those per year. Good luck and thanks for reaching out to those who need help.

    September 26, 2012
  15. So inspired! I could only handle 12 fun runs in 12 months for my chosen charity this year! I liked the 12/12/2012 kind of feel – but 20 marathons, that is incredible! Have you seen the doco on Eddy Izzard Marathon Man? Running back to back marathons? Talk about crazy! I think running, pushing yourself in events like these definitely show others how committed you are to your cause, as they are tough events that not everyone can do. Hats off to you! Fingers crossed I’ll be running my first marathon in 2013!

    September 27, 2012
  16. It sounds like you have set yourself a very admirable task, and I wish you much good fortune.

    September 27, 2012
  17. Good Luck!!!

    September 28, 2012
  18. Great idea and a very great cause!
    I recently ran 10km ( for charity – it was hard work, but nothing like the miles you are clocking up 🙂

    September 29, 2012
  19. reflectionsonlifethusfar #

    You have a very ambitious goal. I don’t do any running but admire what you’re doing.

    September 29, 2012
  20. Amazing goal – Best wishes on reaching it ! I am in awe of people who can run a marathon and 12 in one season, wow. Thank you also for dropping in on my blog. I should really dig out some notes on how to help with the pain of lactic acid build up – or are you pretty much on top if this problem by now?

    September 30, 2012
  21. I just ran my first marathon and it was an amazing experience. I love what you are doing – its very inspiring. Well done and good luck with your goal. I am routing for you 🙂

    October 1, 2012
  22. Love your sight. Very encouraging. Keep it up and can’t wait to see what you do! Might have to start running again and see what I can do.

    October 2, 2012
  23. I appreciate your follow 🙂 and your cause. Good luck and happy running! (I prefer the walking thing myself)

    October 3, 2012
  24. whereasi #

    Thank you so much for all your effort toward mental health, from a Grandmother raising three mentally disabled Grandchildren in Canada.

    October 3, 2012
  25. Your blog is certainly unique, I will follow with interest! I think it is amazing that you are actively supporting a mental health charity. It means so much to the people who use the service.

    October 4, 2012
  26. Your project is nothing short of inspirational. Good luck in the final leg!

    October 4, 2012
  27. Cool Beans! 🙂

    October 7, 2012
  28. The challenge you and your colleagues have set for yourselves is inspirational. It cannot but help but raise awareness of mental health issues in your country. In Canada mental health is very low on the medical, social and political agendas, and understandable ignorance about mental health issues is widespread. There is a recently established organization, however, which offers some hope–Partners for Mental Health.

    October 8, 2012
  29. This is a beautiful thing you are doing!

    October 14, 2012
  30. sowninpeace #

    Thank you so much for following Sown in Peace. I think what your doing is great, I have known a few people in Canada with mental illness, mainly bipoloar or depression. And I know how hard support is to find when your your just trying to make it through a day. teaching the world and educating about Compassion is hard work, but your doing it in leaps and bounds lol 🙂

    October 16, 2012
  31. bikermonkey #

    And people think I am crazy for doing and hosting/sponsoring extreme endurance motorcycle rides for non-profit groups! Wow, man 20 marathons in a year; incredible. You my friend are awesome.

    October 17, 2012
  32. how completely amazing is this? well done. seriously. i drag myself around 26.2 so i can feel better about my state of affairs. i applaud you for you doing it to inspire others. run on.

    October 18, 2012
  33. This awesome man! Keep it up. You’re not coming to town for the NYC Marathon are you?

    October 18, 2012
  34. reneeboomer #

    All the best in your marathons. Wow! YOU are amazing! 🙂

    October 18, 2012
  35. Wow! I don’t know much (anything, actually) about running but I know a thing or two about mental health issues. So thank you, you running, blogging role model!

    October 18, 2012
  36. And here I am debating whether I can fit training in for ONE marathon his year… you are a total inspiration! Guess I had better take the plunge!

    October 18, 2012
  37. LOVE the blog! It seems to be pretty rare that I find another blogger from Ireland, specially one into running! Good luck with everything, and you never know, maybe I’ll be in a marathon one day too…

    October 18, 2012
  38. The idea of running that many marathons in one year is astounding to me, but I’ve also just started running. I love that you’re doing this to help young people! ^_^

    October 18, 2012
  39. BR #

    I’ve been putting off registering for the second marathon (of my life!) for years and here you are knocking out 20! Great work and good luck with your remaining races. It’s all the more inspiring that you’re doing it for a great cause. I’m also jealous that you’re doing it in Ireland. I had the pleasure of visiting a few years back and I’d rather run there than in the States any day. Best.

    October 19, 2012
  40. A tale or two to tell..... #

    Holy heck that is one hell of a challenge you have set for yourself haha
    Totally mad, which equals completely awesome. Love it 🙂
    I am planning to run my first marathon next year and have just read a couple of your posts. Being new to running and currently struggling, its good to read about some of your experiences. Motivation is one thing, but I think determination is the key ( and a little craziness )
    Good luck !!!!

    October 19, 2012
    • A tale or two to tell..... #

      Oh and great cause too !!!

      October 19, 2012
  41. You are working on a worthwhile cause; I think the whole mental health subject is one that needs more understanding and concern, more current and beneficial thought. Kudos to you!
    Take care,

    October 20, 2012
  42. Admin #

    Thanks for your support for project5o. Amazing challenge you have set yourself here – and a noble cause. I wish you all the very best! Jo

    October 22, 2012
  43. tobylynne #

    Wow, 20 marathons?! And I am nervous about running just one! Hope your last few are great!

    October 22, 2012
  44. This is so awesome!! Congratulations on all your hard work 🙂 🙂

    October 26, 2012
  45. are you interest in SF marathon 2013??

    October 29, 2012
  46. The Girl #

    i’ve nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award! Please see this post for instructions:

    November 1, 2012
  47. Hey! I nominated you for The Inspiring Blog Award! Check out this link for all the rules:

    November 3, 2012
  48. Hi, I would like to tell you that you are on my nomination list for blog awards 🙂

    November 13, 2012
  49. 20 marathons in one year?! I’ve done 10 in 10 years and never more than 2 a year. That is amazing.

    November 18, 2012
  50. Incredible journey you are on for such a great cause. Looking forward to reading more from you!

    November 27, 2012
  51. A great challenge for an even greater cause. Good luck to you, you one mighty crazy runner!!! 🙂

    November 27, 2012
  52. Thanks for following my blog, and good luck with your plans! 20 marathons in one year? That roughly means one every two or three weeks. That is a heck of a lot of stress on the body! But, if you can do it, great. Go for it!

    November 28, 2012
  53. Congrats on all you’ve accomplished and kudos to you for choosing such an amazing way to support a cause that’s so important to you.


    November 29, 2012
  54. leilra #

    I love the mission behind this. (:

    December 24, 2012
  55. Wow, i thought my ambition of 8 in 8 months was a little crazy. You win! Whats the shortest turnaround between 2 of your marathons? Im thinking of doing 2 only 1 week apart, but that might be too much, even for me!

    May 30, 2013

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