PCC Falcarragh teacher Shaun Stewart wins 316-kilometre endurance race in record time

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CREESLOUGH NATIVE SHAUN STEWART yesterday won the gruelling 316-kilmetre non-stop 26 Extreme Coast to Coast in record time.

A teacher at PCC Falcarragh, Stewart set off at lunchtime on Saturday in the non-stop event, coming in at Newcastle in Co Down ahead of the field.

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The 31-year-old completed the course in a time of 16 hours and 45 minutes for the event, which is dubbed “toughest multi-sport race in Ireland and one of the toughest in Europe.”

It is made up for 5km run for starters, before a 107km cycle and then a 26.5km kayak. Following that, there’s an additional 122km  cycle and a 35km across the Mourne mountains in darkness.

Stewart is the co-founder of the Donegal Atlantic Way Ultra Race with Sean McFadden, the Letterkenny native who won the Race – Ireland’s only 24-hour endurance event – in 2015 and the Wild Atlantic Adventure Race on Saturday.

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MA in Journalism graduate from NUI Galway and BBS Marketing and NC in Online Marketing from LyIT, who has worked covering sport in Donegal since 2004. Part of Donegal Democrat who won McNamee awards in 2013 and 2015 for 'best provincial publication'. Reseacher for 'Jimmy's Winnin' Matches' documentary and Rory Kavanagh's autobiography 'Winning'

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