THE RACE

Marty Lynch is overall winner of The Race

Ramelton man's wonderful display of grit and determination

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Marty Lynch is overall winner of The Race

Sean Stewart (left) and race winner, Marty Lynch (right) pictured during The Race early on Saturday. Photo: Brian McDaid

Ramelton man Marty Lynch produced a wonderful display of endurance, stamina and bravery, to win The Race on Saturday.

The barber at Gerry's Barber Shop in Letterkenny, was the first local finisher at the 24-hour endurance event last year.

But he went one better on Saturday as he was the overall winner of the gruelling race.
Shaun Stewart from Creeslough was third person across the finish line, behind Team 3 Wise Men made up of Martin Kerr, Martin Gallagher and Shaun Boyce.
The first female athlete was Ballina runner, Rachel Nolan while there were excellent performances from Letterkenny's Sharon Black and Christina McKenzie who was first female athlete and sixth overall back in 2014.
The event continued into early on Sunday morning with Dermot Keating the final athlete home inside the 24-hours with just two minutes to spare.
The Race started out at 5am on Saturday with Stage 1 a 22km run from Gartan to Ramelton. Stage 2 was a 15km kayak onto Rathmullan.
Stage 3 was the first of two cycles, 96km from Rathmullan over Knockalla to the Atlantic Drive, over Lough Salt and onto the base of Muckish.

Stage 4 was a 5km scramble up and down Muckish before Stage 5, a 68km from Muckish to Doochary. Stage 6 saw the athletes run a full marathon back to Gartan via Glenveagh National Park.