Thursday, September 10, 2020

Two of the stars of the Hardy Bucks are donning their running shoes to raise money for a cause very close to home.

Stephen Kelly and Peter Cassidy of Hardy Bucks fame going through their paces ahead of their run around the border of County Mayo

Peter Cassidy and Stephen Kelly, who played Frenchtoast O’Toole and Cowboy Lavin in the hit TV comedy, will tackle the coast of Mayo along the scenic Wild Atlantic Way, starting on September 22.

This is the second time the pair, who make up two-thirds of comedy trio ‘3 Bucks Left’, are hitting the road for an epic road race and it follows their three-day 240km run from Dublin to Mayo in April 2019. The 350km ultra-endurance run along the Mayo border is in aid of the Mayo Roscommon Hospice, which Stephen Kelly says they are honoured to support.

“Hungry for a new adventure and with memories of the sense of achievement from last year’s run I wanted a new challenge,” he explained. “What could be better than running the Wild Atlantic Way? Although I had planned and dreamed of running its entirety, with the Covid-19 restrictions we decided to run our very own section of paradise in Mayo.

“After a meeting with Martina Jennings and Angelina Nugent of Mayo Roscommon Hospice, who gave us the tour of the new Hospice building in Castlebar, we were astounded on hearing what it takes and has taken to get Mayo Roscommon Hospice to where it is today. We are honoured to be able to support such a fabulous facility that provides such care for patients, family and staff in the west of Ireland which is our home.”

As a thank you to their donors, they are offering sponsored prizes for whoever can guess how many steps it will take the duo to complete the run. Prizes include a two-night B&B and evening meal at the Ballina Manor Hotel, one-night evening meal with breakfast for two at the Ice House, Ballina, and a €70 voucher for use at any Westport Hotel Group hotel. Donations can be made through the ‘3 Bucks Left — Border Run’ iDonate page.

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