Darragh McCullagh running for Air Ambulance NI

26 April 2019

Darragh McCullagh running for Air Ambulance NI

Darryl McCullagh from Greencastle, Co Tyrone is running the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon to raise money for Air Ambulance Northern Ireland (AANI).

AANI spoke to Darryl about why he signed up and how his training is going.



  1. Tell us a little bit about yourself and why did you choose Air Ambulance NI as your charity for the Belfast City Marathon?

My name is Darryl McCullagh and I work for Ulster University as an Educational Outreach Officer.  In my spare time I love to help at my local GAA club Greencastle St Patrick’s.

As a player, last year the AANI was tasked to help one of my fellow teammates who had received quite a severe injury during a match.  Although we did raise some monies in the months after the match to help contribute to the amazing and lifesaving work AANI do I felt that I would like to keep the link with our club strong by continuing to help financially, and hence the reason for volunteering to run the marathon for the charity.


  1. You have fundraised for AANI before, what did you do for this fundraising?

Yes, we have previously raised £1900 for AANI. Mark Carson (the player who received the help from AANI) and I had the privilege to present the cheque at an AANI thank you day in early February 2019.  These monies were raised by completing a Couch to 5k event; proceeds from our rematch and kind donations from the community.


  1. Have you taken part in other marathons or running events before?

This will be my first marathon and in a way I’m in a lucky position as I get to tick one of my bucket-list wishes while contributing to an amazing cause.  I have previously participated in Tough-Mudder Events and the Couch to 5k event but nothing to same level as a marathon.


  1. Have you been training and what are you enjoying most about it?

I can’t say I’m really enjoying what training I am doing for the marathon but no doubt the hard work will make it all worth-while!


  1. AANI will have plenty of support along the route for you on the day, will you be bringing anyone else to cheer you on?

Yes. I l have other work colleagues who are also running the marathon for various causes so we are going to be a source of motivation for each other.  On the day the club/community will have other people participating or helping support those competing for extra motivation.