Paddy Donoghue at International Running Challenge in Lanzarote

 

 

Club PRO Paddy Donoghue was off to the '19th International Running Challenge' in Lanzarote for the past week.  The challenge, a series of four races over four consecutive days on various terrains and with varying degrees of difficulty attracts athletes from all across Europe for what is a week of running activity. 

 

Paddy Donoghue (Tír Chonaill AC) receives his medal after four days of competition

Paddy Donoghue (Tír Chonaill AC) receives his medal after four days of competition

 

Paddy's times for each race, a windy 10k (43.37), a tough 13k ridge run (55.06), a killer 5k beach run (24.03) and a 21.1k half marathon (93.25) ran on mountain trails and road, were added together to decide his eventual place in the event.  His overall time was 3.37 to place him 65th overall from a field of 631 starters and 6th in his MM50 category; he was also first Irishman in the same category.

 

On the Saturday, before setting off for home, a few of the Irish, (including Paddy) not having enough punishment, decided to run in the 'Canaries Half-Marathon Championships' and was pleased with a 1.37 posting for a seventh place finish in his category.

 

Paddy Donoghue (12) competing in the13k Ridge Race

Paddy Donoghue (12) competing in the13k Ridge Race

 

Paddy Donoghue on the road in the Half-Marathon

Paddy Donoghue on the road in the Half-Marathon