“It was the toughest race of my life, truly the ultimate challenge!” So said Padraig Swan, Director of Slí Eile, the Jesuit Outreach to Young Adults, on completing a 56-mile run through the hills and hollows of Durban, South Africa, on Sunday 30 May. It was one of many marathons that he has completed over the last year, raising funds for various Slí Eile projects, including their work with prisoners and the homeless. But according to the seasoned runner, this one was the toughest, beginning at five thirty in the morning. “But it had its compensations: it was 56 miles of African hospitality, crowds cheering and supporting us, and the entire route lined with people and food, drink, music and drumming all the way.” He finished the race in 10 hours, 33 minutes. To sponsor Padraig or read more about his trip click here.