A PAIR of North Devon marketing executives have broken through an Irish pain barrier to raise vital funds for the Children s Hospice South West. Ben Duhig, 36, from Abbotsham, and Steve Tricker, 33, from Westward Ho! joined nearly 12,000 runners pounding

A PAIR of North Devon marketing executives have broken through an Irish pain barrier to raise vital funds for the Children's Hospice South West. Ben Duhig, 36, from Abbotsham, and Steve Tricker, 33, from Westward Ho! joined nearly 12,000 runners pounding the streets at last week's Dublin Marathon.The duo, of Bideford-based Bluesoup Communications, both completed the gruelling 26-mile course but admitted they probably could have done with a little more training."It was a horrendously hard and painful thing to do and looking back on it, we didn't do hardly enough training," admitted Steve, who came in at a time of four hours and 45 minutes."This was the first - and probably last - marathon for both of us but we have managed to raise more than £1,000 for the children's hospice."The crowds were fantastic and it was nice to be able to run for such a fantastic cause that is close to both of our hearts."If anyone would like sponsor the runners, they still can do so at website www.justgiving.com/bluesoupwww.northdevon.gov.uk