James completes third marathon

By Brendan Grehan

LUCAN athlete James Casserly (12) completed his third Dublin Marathon last Sunday when he was pushed around the 26.2 mile course by father Dan Naughton.

This time it was different, as they approached the blue carpet at the end of the race, James got out of his wheelchair and jogged the final few yards.

facebook Linked Image Team James 1finalJames’ mother Vicki Casserly told The Echo: “They had a brilliant time. They ran the course in 3.58. It was James’ third Dublin Marathon. It was important for James that he got out of his chair and ran the blue carpet to the finish line.

"He had a little stumble but he got back up and made it to the finish line.”

There were eight runners from Team James in this year’s marathon and Vicki says that they hope to raise nearly €4,000 for Barretstown.

Earlier this year James and Dan completed the marathon distance in the Great Limerick Run in under four hours.

Over the years, Team James has raised over €100,000 for Barretstown, the children’s charity that offers specially designed camps and programmes for children living with a serious illness and their families.

James also does cross-country running and plays frame football with Esker Celtic FC.

James has Cerebral Palsy, which affects his core and lower limbs. He had a selective dorsal rhizotomy in April 2012 which involved intensive physio recovery.

Three years ago he was diagnosed with idiopathic juvenile arthritis, affecting most joints.

This year he was diagnosed with osteoporosis, which when put together with his other conditions, can leave him in a lot of pain.

But there is no stopping James as he would like to compete in more marathons around the world.

You can follow his exploits on the Team James Facebook page.

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