LINDA AND THE REST OF THE SPARTAN CHALLENGERSA LETTERKENNY-based teacher is appealing for help to raise money for Donegal charities after being picked to represent the county in the Dublin marathon.Linda Sweeney, from Meenacross near Dungloe, only ran her first 5k in February.And when Spar ran a competition for a representative from each county to get specialist training, donegaldaily.com and you, our readers, got right behind her and Linda was picked. She’s certainly getting support from far and wide. From home around Dungloe of course, from Letterkenny where she teaches at Woodlands National School – and from Cranford/Milford where she now lives.Here she tells you about her progress – and hopes you will support her in raising funds for Donegal charities:LINDA WRITES: I am absolutely loving every minute of this challenge and I would like to thank everyone who voted for me because without their support I wouldnt be here!So far it has been an amazing experience. Our trainer is Karl Henry. I am currently following a 16-week training plan to prepare for the Dublin marathon which is 11 weeks on Monday! I have to do 4 runs a week – a recovery run, an interval run, a hill run and a long run. This week I am doing 23 miles in total but this will increase to 39 miles as the weeks go on. I am enjoying the runs but I find the interval training tough. I will be calling on my husband and a few of my friends in Woodlands NS to help me with these and push me.We are getting fantastic help from our nutritionists Paula Mee and Eimear Walsh. They are really supportive and if you have any queries they email you back almost instantly with a wealth of information. I am allergic to wheat, aspartame and MSG and they have taught me so much on how to manage my diet better. This will help me for the rest of my life not only through this challenge. I feel much better and have much more energy.All the Spartans are following individual food plans. some of us have to lose weight and some have to put on weight and every one of them is doing fantastic and doing their county proud. I have another half stone to lose so I hope to have it off by our next training day in September.As well as receiving expert advice on fitness and nutrition we had the opportunity to meet Olympian runner Catherina McKiernan who gave us tips on how to run to avoid injury. We also met with Caroline Currid a psychologist that worked with the Kenyan Olympians this year. She was absolutely brilliant and coached us how to prepare our mind for the marathon to avoid hitting the wall! All of our pictures and profiles were in Irish Runners Magazine and also in Fit Magazine that comes with the Irish Independent every Thursday.The other Spartans are an amazing group of people and we all get on great. we are like a support group for each other which is great on a day that you dont feel you did your best or a day you are finding it tough because you are tired etc. We are constantly taking a hand at each other about something. They are all great craic and each and every one of them are doing brilliant and I have no doubt that we will all cross the finish line in October. So far we have completed a 5-mile race and a 10km race in Dublin as part of the Dublin Race Series. I ran the 5-mile in 50:31 and the 10k in 60:34. Our next race is on the 25th of August in Phoenix Park and it is a 10mile race. We will then be running a half marathon in September and the full Dublin City Marathon in October 26.2miles!I try to do as many local races as possible but sometimes it is hard to fit them in around my training plan. I did the run in 40k around the Bay and the Waterfall 10k in Cranford recently both of which were great events. I will be doing the semi skimmed Mooathon in Kilmacrennan in September however I have 20miles to run that day so I will have to do an additional 7 either before or after the race!I have to write blogs weekly on the Spartan challenge page. Some people have left some lovely encouraging comments and I have also got some lovely emails. This support and encouragement really keeps me going so it would be great if anyone who gets a chance could leave a comment on my blogs. you can follow my progress and blogs by logging onto spartan.spar.ie/blog/author/39I am collecting sponsorship for the marathon. As I am running this marathon for Donegal I wanted to make sure the money stayed in Donegal so i am raising money for MS Ireland Donegal Branch and the North West Cancer Group as i believe these are two worthy charities. I will be putting sponsorship cards in businesses in Dungloe, Cranford and Milford and Tobins in Letterkenny have kindly offered to put collection boxes on each till. If anyone has a business and would be interested in taking a sponsor card or sponsoring me they can contact me [email protected] I would like to thank everyone who has supported and encouraged me so far as I couldn’t do it without your help. I would also like to thank my husband, family and friends for listening to me as I talk about nothing else at the minute!!!And Donegal Daily of course – for helping me get there in the first place!LIVING THE DREAM: DONEGAL SCHOOL TEACHER’S MARATHON BID was last modified: August 9th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
The case is expected to go to the jury today. Jayson B. claims he was sexually abused by Wempe between 1990 and 1995 at Wempe’s office at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and in two cars. As a young boy, he said, he would sit on Wempe’s lap in front of the computer while the priest typed with one hand and fondled him with the other. He testified that he played games on Wempe’s office computer and remembered the priest using a Windows program. On Wednesday, a technology expert who worked at the hospital testified that Wempe’s computer had not been equipped for video games nor could it run a Windows program. Jurors also heard from Ed Torres, a district attorney’s senior investigator whose written report on an interview with Jayson last March conflicted with much of what the accuser said on the witness stand. Torres admitted to errors in his report. He wrote that Jayson claimed to have been molested in the 1970s and ’80s. He said he knows now that Jayson wasn’t born until 1979. “I must have made a mistake,” the witness said. Wempe, 66, denies molesting Jayson but has acknowledged Jayson’s two older brothers were among 13 boys he abused in the 1970s and 1980s. The former priest cannot be prosecuted for those crimes because the statute of limitations has expired. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A prosecutor urged jurors Thursday to convict a priest of sexual-molestation charges, depicting him as an unrepentant sinner whose crimes wrecked the lives of those he abused. With retired Catholic priest Michael Wempe watching impassively from across the courtroom, Deputy District Attorney Todd Hicks spoke of crimes against many men who have accused the defendant of molesting them. “In this case you can see what he has done to wreck lives,” Hicks said. “You have seen the alcoholism, drug abuse, failed relationships, confusion. You have seen questions and you have seen secrets.” He said many of the men who were molested as boys didn’t come forward until news of a church scandal in Boston triggered their memories. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card In his closing arguments, Hicks told jurors, “It’s time for the defendant to pay for his sins.” After three weeks of accusations from a parade of eight past molestation victims, jurors are being asked to decide whether one additional man, Jayson B., is telling the truth when he says he was abused by Wempe. The eight who testified and five others whom Wempe’s lawyers admit were abused decades ago are not the issue in this first trial of a priest whose past misconduct could not be prosecuted because of legal time limits. Jayson alone, now 26, has brought Wempe to court and his is the only case that could send the former priest to jail. Wempe’s defense lawyer spent the last day of testimony Wednesday casting doubt on Jayson’s veracity, suggesting he made up his story of abuse to avenge his two brothers who were abused by Wempe years earlier. Throughout the trial, the prosecution portrayed the 66-year-old Wempe as a pedophile who habitually preyed on young boys and the defense claiming he was cured during a church-ordered treatment in 1987 and never molested again.