RONAN MCLAUGHLIN WAS the winner of the 555km Donegal Atlantic Way Ultra Race yesterday.
The Burt native completed the course in 19 hours, 19 minutes and 40 seconds to take victory with Letterkenny 24/7 Triathlon Club’s Aidan Callaghan in second place, in a time of 19 hours, 39 minutes and 43 seconds. Third went to Marty Lynch from Ramelton – the winner of The Race this year – in 20 hours one minute and 24 seconds.
McLaughlin posted: “Delighted to have won the 555km Donegal Ultra 555km 2017 Donegal Atlantic Way Ultra Race yesterday. Without doubt the hardest thing I’ve ever done on a bike.
Congrats to every rider and team on a great achievement and especially Aidan and Marty who pushed me all the way to the finish.”
The was based in the Mount Errigal Hotel in Letterkenny, where the competitors departed for Inishowen on Friday morning, travelling anticlockwise towards Malin head and over Mamore Gap before returning to Letterkenny via Buncrana.
The race then followed Wild Atlantic Way in a southerly direction taking in Knockalla, Fanad Head, Atlantic Drive, Hornhead, Carrickfin, Glengesh Pass, Sliabh League and Barnesmore Gap before finishing in Letterkenny.