Leading female ultra athlete Christina MacKenzie is the latest big name to sign up to take on the gruelling Donegal Wild Atlantic Way Ultra Cycling Race.
The Scottish woman, the first female to finish the 2014 staging of 'The Race', (she was 6th overall), is among a host of leading ultra athletes to sign up to compete in the inaugural running of the 555km Donegal Wild Atlantic Way Ultra Cycle Challenge at the end of next month.
Her participation was confirmed at the weekend by Letterkenny endurance athlete Sean McFadden.
Sean, along with Shaun Stewart, winner of last weekend’s Ireland Coast to Coast Challenge, are the organisers of the event.
Other leading names to sign up for the challenge so far are Eunan Quinn, Gavin Harris, Joe Barr, Conor McElwaine, Declan Rafferty, Matthew McKinley and Keith O’Donnell.
Entry remains open until the week before the challenge which starts on Friday morning June 24th.
“We have good interest so far from elite ultra athletes and in the region of 20 competitors have signed up so far but we expect that number to increase significantly before the closing date, “ said McFadden who was anxious to get the message out that the Donegal Wild Atlantic Way Ultra Race was not just for the elite athlete.”
“There are four categories in all - teams of eight, four, two and the individual category and we are anxious to attract groups, families and female competitors.We want to make it a fun event.”
The event will be based at the Mount Errigal Hotel, in Letterkenny. It will depart from the Mount Errigal Hotel, on Friday June 22 nd at 10 am and will travel to Malin Head via Mamore Gap before returning via Buncrana and back to Letterkenny.
From Letterkenny it will follow the Wild Atlantic Way taking in Knockalla, Fanad Head, Atlantic Drive, Bloody Foreland, Glengesh, Sliabh League and the Barnesmore Gap back to Letterkenny. Entries are being taken online www.donegalatlanticwayultra.com