Ballineen firefighter presented with coveted Guinness World Record

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Posted on: 9th March, 2015

Category: News

Contributor: West Cork People

Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr. Mary Shields last month presented Cork firefighter Alex O’Shea, who lives in Ballineen, with a coveted Guinness World Record award at a special event held in City Hall, Cork.

Completing a 26.2-mile, full marathon distance is a major achievement for most people but to do it in full firefighters uniform on a particularly warm day is a real test of strength of character and fitness. Alex was wearing steel-toed boots, fire-retardant pants and a firefighting jacket, as well as his 3lb firefighter’s helmet and visor and completed the full Cork City marathon distance in a time of three hours 41 minute and 10 seconds, which was an amazing fifty eight minutes quicker than the previous record. Incredibly, this was also Alex’s very first Marathon.

The Lord Mayor congratulated Alex on his achievement saying that she was very proud of him, the city was very proud of him and it’s an honour for Cork to have their very own Guinness World Record holder. The Lord Mayor commended the work that Alex and his colleagues do on a daily basis.

Alex also raised much-appreciated funds for the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind and another cause close to his heart —BEDA Ballineen Enniskeane playground development fund. As a father of four, children all under six years-of-age, ensuring that kids have a safe and fun place to play outdoors is high on his list of priorities.

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