Lap of the Map

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A breathtaking challenge for the worthiest of causes


‘Some days are great, everything goes right. Some days are hell, everything goes wrong... but you just keep putting one foot in front of the other and you get there’.

Mary has done over 1382 miles, the equivalent of 53 marathons, in 94 days, at the age of 65, all to raise money for the RNLI.

How would you mark your 50th year in athletics? Most of us might be tempted to hang up our runners and give ourselves a well earned pat on the back. Not Mary Nolan-Hickey. The dedicated 65 year old runner has completed all 38 Dublin Marathons, a Marathon de Sables and is currently three quarters of the way through an epic journey. She started running anti-clockwise around the entire coast of the island of Ireland, leaving her hometown of Arklow Co. Wicklow on New Year's Day 2018 and will complete her lap on Saturday 14th. April. 

Where’s Mary today? Track her here. Follow her regular updates on Facebook and Twitter. Mary’s journey is bringing her to as many coastal RNLI stations, raising awareness and vital funds for RNLI Ireland. The initial goal of €20,000 has being smashed and she hopes to double it by the time she returns home. Mary gains strength and daily motivation from the people she meets, the places she sees and above all the donations pouring in. Please donate here 

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Who am I?

My name is Mary Nolan-Hickey and at the age of 65, I am about to set out on an epic journey, running and walking around the coast of the entire island of Ireland.

What are we trying to achieve?

As far as I know, what I am doing has not been done before by a woman, at least not by a 65 year old woman!

The distance is said to be between 3717km to 5000km. No-one seems to know the exact distance.

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Whether you help through monetary donations, volunteering your time, or spreading our mission through word-of-mouth, thank you. We couldn't accomplish our goals without the help of supporters like you. 


The RNLI is a critical, life saving first response organisation helping to keep our friends and family safe both on and off-shore.

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