McDade in charity Belfast marathon run

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SDLP Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon council candidate Pat McDade believes his marathon canvassing efforts in recent weeks helped him run his way to success as part of a team to raise funds for a local primary school this week.

Pat McDade – who is running for a seat in the Lurgan DEA - was part of a five-strong team that participated in the Bank Holiday Belfast marathon.

Mr McDade, chairman of the Lurgan SDLP branch, said he was back on the campaign trail just hours after completing his leg of the relay.

Mr McDade said: “I ran the fourth leg of the relay – 5.3 miles – in 43 minutes, which was hard enough as it was really windy and all uphill. I suppose 30-odd years of referring GAA matches has helped keep me reasonably fit. Plus, the last few weeks of canvassing has given me that bit of extra stamina.

“On Monday, along with Fearghal Laverty, Orla Hoy, Roisin and Paul McQuillan, we raised money for St Patrick’s PS, Magheralin. I know my leg was 5.3 miles and not the entire 26.2miles, but it was a great team effort on behalf of all of us and it is a nice way to give back to the community. We want to thank everyone who donated.”