Sean McFadden shows his bravery to come second at The Race

Alan Foley

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Alan Foley

Sean McFadden shows his bravery to come second at The Race
Letterkenny native Sean McFadden put in an heroic effort to finish second in Ireland’s first ever 24-hour endurance event - The Race - which took place in Donegal over the weekend.

Letterkenny native Sean McFadden put in an heroic effort to finish second in Ireland’s first ever 24-hour endurance event - The Race - which took place in Donegal over the weekend.

McFadden finished the gruelling 260-km course after 15 hours 22 minutes and 10 seconds, which was some 14 minutes and 14 seconds behind popular winner, Canadian Bill Wells. Michael McCarron was third in 15 hours 38 minutes and three seconds.

Other Donegal entrants also did well, including Gerard Callaghan, who was sixth, Gavin Harris in eighth and 14th-placed Brendan McBride.

Christina McKenzie was the first lady home with 18:13:!7, followed by Emma Bamford on 23:20:25 and Heather Bamford with 23:53:17.

On Saturday at 6am, Competitors set out on a 22km run from Gartan Adventure Centre to Lough Swilly, then kayaked 15km Ramelton to Rathmullan, cycled 100km onto Muckish Mountain, then ran, walked or scrambled the 5km 500-metre vertical metres up and down, cycled 75km onto Glenveigh National Park before finishing with a 43km to Gartan Adventure Centre - a marathon along the paths and trails of Glenveigh.

The event was organised by Sand2Snow Adventures’ Maghnus Collins from Limerick and Coleraine native David Burns. Monies raised from the non-commercial event will go to Self Help Africa.

“We’re very happy with how the Race went,” Burns said last night. “It really came right down to the wire and that brought out the race element. Donegal provided a unique place for such an event and the local support was very encouraging.

“The help we received was amazing. Thanks to much to everyone at Gartan Outdoor Adventure Centre, the entrants, the Red Cross, Civil Defence and public services and all the volunteers. We will almost certainly be back next year.”

RESULTS

1 Bill Wells (#5) 15:22:10

2 Sean McFadden (#53) 15:36:24

3 Michael McCarron (#43) 15:38:03

4 David Sheehy (#16) 16:45:08

5 Paul Tierney (#49) 17:24:02

6 Gerard Callaghan (#25) 19:20:47

7 Brian Meskell (#8) 19:22:50

8 Gavin Harris (#23) 19:54:30

9 Brendan Doyle (#6) 20:15:33

10 John MacCormack (#33) 21:02:2

11 John Coade (#31) 21:02:23

12 Ken White (#37) 21:11:13

13 Fergal Towey (#22) 21:23:3

14 Brendan McBride (#7) 21:46:57

15 Oisin Weldon (#40) 22:03:05

16 David Egan (#15) 22:03:05

17 Brian Monaghan (#9) 22:18:13

18 Chris Daly (#12) 22:21:10

19 Arthur McMahon (#45) 22:36:46

20 Patrick Utz (#48) 22:36:46

21 Kevin Keane (#38) 22:38:35

22 Gerrit Durnin (#26) 22:51:00

23 Donal O’Meachair (#18) 22:51:04

24 Donal Og O’donovan (#19) 22:51:06

25 Brian Monk (#62) 22:52:27

26 Brian Murray (#10) 22:52:27

27 John Murphy (#35) 23:20:50

28 Anthony Boyle (#3) 23:21:17

29 Kieran Keating (#4) 23:21:18

30 Alan Magee (#1) 23:37:00