Lattin woman preparing for Spartan Challenge of running a marathon

Aileen Hahesy

Aileen Hahesy

A mother-of-three from Lattin has been chosen to represent Tipperary in the Spartan Challenge to run the Dublin City Marathon next October.

Margaret Crowe from Mooresfort, Lattin, a newcomer to running, has embarked on a five month intensive training programme to get fighting fit to complete the gruelling 26 mile race through the streets of the capital.

She was selected from a field of 600 to be Tipperary’s representative in the Spartan Challenge, which is being run by grocery chain Spar.

She was chosen through a public ballot on Facebook in which she achieved 1620 votes and an interview by a panel of judges that included personal trainer Karl Henry and dietician Paula Mee

Margaret said she has never run more than two miles in her life and is delighted to be chosen to represent her county in the competition.

As well as helping her to achieve her ambition of completing a marathon, Margaret is also taking part in the Spartan Challenge to raise money for the charity, the CARI Foundation for children.

She completed her first training session with Karl Henry at the Burlington Hotel in Dublin earlier this month and she will travel to Dublin once a month for similar training meets up until the race.

The Canon Hayes Sports Complex in Tipperary is sponsoring the use of its facilities to Margaret for the duration of the challenge.

She will test her fitness over the coming months by completing races that will increase in length as her stamina gets stronger. Her first race is a five miler in the Pheonix Park in Dublin this Saturday.

The overall winner of the Spartan Challenge will win a trip to New York to watch the NYC Marathon.

Margaret paid tribute to her cousin Sarah Glasheen for all the help and support she has given her in taking on this marathon challenge.

Anyone wishing to donate to the CARI Foundation can do so by logging onto mycharity.ie and clicking on Margaret Crowe Dublin City Marathon 2012.