A select few do what so many others will never do; defy boundaries and break through barriers, starting with their own. They dare to take on what seems impossible; believing anything is achievable. This certainly would not describe 40 year-old Gerry Duffy. A dream defying, self-believer he was not. “I was an overweight, heavy smoker going nowhere fast” he confesses. Gerry began jogging with nothing more than a new pair of runners and a desire to change. A year on, completing his first marathon, a feat of extreme endurance for any athlete, Gerry is left wondering, “What else have I been telling myself I can’t do?”. In July 2010, aged 44, Gerry and Ken Whitelaw begin an incredible challenge, to run 32 full marathons in 32 consecutive days: one marathon in each county on the island of Ireland. Their aim: to inspire people all over the country to come out and run their first ever marathons and raise funds as well as awareness for Autism Ireland. What follows is a year of planning and months of exhaustive training for this unprecedented test of endurance, a challenge that will become much more than just a mark of personal triumph.