Ronan McLaughlin wins inaugural Donegal Atlantic Way Ultra Race

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Ronan McLaughlin wins inaugural Donegal Atlantic Way Ultra Race

Ronan McLaughlin, pictured at the finish of the Donegal Atlantic Way Ultra race in Letterkenny this morning.

Ronan McLaughlin took victory in the first staging of the Donegal Atlantic Way Ultra Race this morning.

The Muff rider completed the 555 kilometre distance around the rugged coast and rolling roads of Donegal in 19 hours, 45 minutes and 48 seconds.

"I'm delighted to win it," the 29-year-old commented.

"Things went well from a tactical point of view. Overall I was happy with the way things went, although I did find it tough coming through Barnesmore Gap," he added.

Runner-up in the endurance event was Jason Black (20:53:13) - the local businessman just edged out the experienced Joe Barr (20:54:28) by a minute and 15 seconds.

The first riders home were the AAA two man team of Conor McIlwaine and Matthew McKinley - the local men posted a time of 17 hours and 44 minutes.

A total of 14 solo riders and seven teams set off from the ramp at the Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny at two minute intervals at 10 o'clock on Friday morning.

The cut off point for competitors is 60 hours and the organisers are expecting all riders to be back at the finish long before 10 o'clock on Sunday night.