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VE runner wins half marathon

A team of employees from the multiple has completed the Irish Aran Islands Half Marathon to raise funds for a children's hospital

VE runner wins half marathon
A team of Vision Express employees has completed the Irish Aran Islands Half Marathon to raise funds for a children’s hospital, with one crossing the finish line first.

Niall Balfe, from the multiple’s Blanchardstown, Dublin practice, completed the race in just 1 hour and 28 minutes.

The team of six Vision Express runners has raised more than €5,000 for Dublin’s Temple Street Children’s Hospital. The team’s fundraising efforts have been boosted by donations from industry companies including Ocuco, CooperVision and No. 7 Contact Lenses.

Angela McNulty, special events manager from Temple Street Children’s University Hospital, said: “Niall was just brilliant – what a fantastic achievement on a really challenging course, and in extreme, windy conditions. The whole team should feel proud, not only for completing the run but for raising a significant amount, which will help us provide much-needed support to children undergoing treatment at Temple Street.”

Fellow runner, Andrew Killen, store manager for Vision Express in Blanchardstown, added: “The course put us through our paces, and it felt like we experienced four weather systems during the race. But it was all worthwhile and we’re proud that Niall managed to win – he’s a machine.