There was a time when Brenda O’Keeffe hated running… but how things have changed. The Co Cavan native set the Irish record for the most marathons ran in a year; her total being 107.

In 2015 Brenda ran “home for Christmas” for cystic fibrosis (CF) and Care for Cian. Local woman Lorraine O’Neill is a CF campaigner and her daughter was diagnosed with the disease soon after birth; Care for Cian was set up for Brenda’s friend’s son, who has a rare condition known as Cri Du Chat (cry of the cat) and Mosaic Down Syndrome.