Irish runner dies after road accident while running in Spain

The death of a Co Wicklow resident who was fatally injured while running in Spain last week has been confirmed.

Born in Austria, Thomas Bubendorfer was well known in Irish running circles and for his blog Rubbishrunner.

The father of four lived in Bray with his wife Niamh Swan and their children. Ms Swan confirmed his death in a social media post.

“I don’t normally post personal stuff here, but last Tuesday my life changed forever,” Ms Swan wrote.

“My beloved husband Thomas Bubendorfer was hit and killed by a car while running in Madrid. We’ve been married 25 years, have 4 kids and are still in love. There are no words for this.”

In a separate post on Mr Bubendorfer’s Twitter account, Ms Swan said the family was “absolutely devastated and completely abandoned without him”.

Mr. Bubendorfer worked as a computer programmer and his blog profile states his interests include football, Manchester City, long distance running, travel and reading.

The family previously lived in Kerry and had run more than 100 marathons.

In his last blog post of August 19, Mr. Bubendorfer said he had been to Crete with his family in the summer. “We flew to Crete for our first family vacation in three years, the same place where Niamh and I spent our first wedding anniversary many, many years ago,” he said.

He also spoke about a heel injury he was recovering from and his extensive training regime as he prepared for an upcoming marathon.

“Back on home soil, I have resumed my marathon training but with a slightly reduced mileage. Last week’s 18-mile cross-country run was only 15, the midweek runs of 12 and 11 miles were reduced to 10 and 9+, and it definitely all felt long enough, alright,” he added.

“So I’ll keep an eye on things. The schedule is for me to do 20 miles this Sunday, but that’s definitely not going to happen. I’m hoping my stamina will catch up eventually as I need a few long runs before race day, but for now I’ll try to play it safe for once.

“It’s still okay. Slow. Ah great.” Irish runner dies after road accident while running in Spain

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