Former Olympic Flame bearer to take part in eleven day triathlon

Wesley Reilly, Richard Hart, Keith Duffy and Mark Neilon.
Proctor & Gamble employee, Wesley Reilly, who once carried the Olympic Flame has taken up the baton again for Irish Autism Action and the Irish Cancer Society.

Proctor & Gamble employee, Wesley Reilly, who once carried the Olympic Flame has taken up the baton again for Irish Autism Action and the Irish Cancer Society.

Wesley alongside two other athletes, Richard Hart and Mark Neilon, are taking part in an eleven day ultra triathlon event called Up and Over from August 22 to September 1 next,

“We are doing a 7.6km swim, the mizen to malin cycle and a run from Ornmore in Galway to Dublin city centre over 11 days, we have one public run day which contains a 7km, a 10km, a full and half marathon,” said Wesley.

“We’re doing this for two big charities, Irish Autism Action and the Irish cancer society.”

“The final leg of the journey starts in Kildare.”

The trio will leave Oranmore in Galway and will spend five days running to Dublin City.

“The highlight of this will be a public marathon and half marathon going through Offaly, Laois and Kildare.”

The Newbridge based employee Wesley Reilly carried the Olympic Flame for 300m through Essex in London last July in front of 45,000 people, on behalf of the manufacturing plant.

Wesley, who has worked for Olympic sponsors P&G for the past 13 years, described the experience to the Leader last year as ‘unbelievable’.

“It was unbelievable - the fastest 300m you could imagine,” he said.

“A young school boy passed the flame to me and I passed it on to a co-worker from the London plant. It was the biggest honour I’ll ever get and an emotional experience.

At the start the build up was nerve wracking but then it just soaks you up.

The torch was not heavy - it was about the weight of a bag of sugar.”

Runners passed the flame through London in relays and Wesley even got to keep his Olympic Torch afterwards.