Paddy the Panther, the official mascot of League of Ireland club St Patrick's Athletic will be taking to the streets of the capital on Monday 26th October to run the 30th Lifestyle Sports -Adidas Dublin City Marathon in support of the club.
Life-long Pat's fans Michael Hopkins (27) and his brother Patrick (19) both from Kilworth Road in Drimnagh are preparing to complete the 26 mile course dressed in the furry mascot suit to raise funds in support of the club's underage and ladies teams.
“Supporting Pat's has given me huge enjoyment over the years”, said Michael “all clubs now face tough times financially and I just wanted to do something to help my club”.
He added that “all monies raised will be going to support the underage section of the club and hopefully some Saints stars of the future”.
Michael a personal instructor and his brother Patrick a rugby player will need to use all their reserves of energy and fitness to complete the course.
“It might sound like a fun challenge but it's anything but”, said Michael,” the head of the costume is very heavy and the suit itself is made of a synthetic material which makes it very hot to walk around in – not to mind try and run 26miles in, but we're both up for it and between us we're determined to get Paddy over the line”.
St Patrick's Athletic would like to wish Paddy the Panther ever success for October 26th and would encourage all fans to get behind Michael and Patrick in support of their marathon challenge.
Sponsorship donations can be sent to the club c/o Paddy the Panther Marathon Challenge, St Pat's Football Club, 125 Emmet Road, Inchciocre Dublin 8 or you can call 01 4546332 and donate.