‘I ALMOST GAVE UP HALF-WAY THROUGH THE RACE’ – SEAN McFADDEN

first_imgSean gets into the saddle for his cycle. Pic by Donegal Daily.Endurance athlete Sean McFadden has admitted he almost gave up half-way through the ‘The Race’ before going on to win the gruelling event.McFadden , a county council worker, has trained night and day for the event which was held over Saturday and Sunday across North-West Donegal. The 38 year old Letterkenny man was triumphant after an event which saw participants run a half marathon, cycle 175 km, paddle 15 km and climb 800 vertical metres up Muckish Mountain before finishing with a full marathon through the night.But McFadden told Donegal Daily he came very close to giving up and that only his family and friends kept him going.“I just became so emotional. I was crying and my legs were gone. I don’t know what happened to me.“But I thought of my family and all they have done for me and all the sacrifices they have made for me and I carried on. This is my county and I didn’t want to be letting people down. “I almost stopped again at the start of the full marathon and I started to walk and I would have settled for second place. But a friend of mine came along and told me a few home-truths and that got me going again,” he said.McFadden beat 63 other competitors to lift the title in only the second year of the event.He completed the gruelling course in a time of 15 hours and eight minutes in gale force wind and driving rain.Such was the challenging nature of the weather conditions that organisers were forced to cancel the kayak section because of safety fears but added a further ten mile run.Just 34 of those who started the event at 6am on Saturday morning, managed to complete the course in the allotted time of 24 hours including five of the six female athletes entered in the event.Letterkenny man McFadden, who was second in last year’s inaugural event, crossed the line at Gartan Outdoor Centre at 9.08pm on Saturday evening. Others ran through the night in a desperate bid to finish the course before 6am.McFadden came in 17 minutes ahead of his friend Sean McLoughlin with Eddie Brennan coming in third.Diane Behan won the women’s event in a time of 18 hours and 43 minutes (8th place overall), with all proceeds going to Gorta Self Help Africa.Co-organiser of The Race, Magnus Collins, said they could not have picked a better day to host the gruelling test of endurance. “I know the athletes will hate me for saying this but we could not picked a better day. The gale force winds and driving rain tested these athletes to their limits.“Donegal has an incredible beauty and ruggedness and there is no question that this is amongst the toughest one-day events in the world.“To watch these athletes encourage each other to the very end after 24 hours of pain and exhaustion was a privilege. It was a truly great day,” he said.DETAILS ON ALL THE PARTICIPANTSBib Firstname LastName GenderGender PosFinish Run1 Rank Cycle1 Rank Mt Rank Bike2 Rank Transition Run3 Rank1 90 Sean McFadden M 1 15:05:30 02:33:20 1 04:03:47 1 00:40:37 4 03:14:01 2 00:07:04 04:26:43 42 89 Sean McLoughlin M 2 15:22:39 02:38:34 3 04:19:47 3 00:34:50 2 03:13:13 1 00:14:29 04:21:49 23 56 Eddie Brennan M 3 15:55:48 02:38:34 2 04:12:46 2 00:45:10 6 03:40:48 4 00:19:23 04:19:10 14 74 Markus Pieterse M 4 17:17:41 03:05:02 13 04:45:35 5 00:54:16 13 03:26:06 3 00:19:33 04:47:12 65 7 Brian McBride M 5 17:45:41 02:45:21 5 04:36:56 4 00:38:33 3 04:12:19 14 00:18:12 05:14:24 126 85 Rob McDonald M 6 18:25:28 03:07:24 20 05:09:16 6 00:50:45 9 03:45:59 5 00:29:52 05:02:14 87 38 Stephen Casey M 7 18:41:43 02:42:43 4 06:01:07 20 00:56:34 15 04:12:05 13 00:26:44 04:22:33 38 55 Diane Behan F 1 18:43:57 02:50:29 7 05:47:21 15 00:50:34 8 04:00:53 10 00:24:59 04:49:44 79 12 Declan Faulkner M 8 18:57:15 03:05:04 14 05:19:58 8 00:48:27 7 04:00:44 9 00:32:18 05:10:46 1110 53 Denis Shields M 9 19:39:10 02:55:14 8 05:51:13 16 00:54:20 14 04:29:28 22 00:23:31 05:05:26 911 43 Adrian Mc Gettigan M 10 19:39:10 02:55:19 9 05:51:16 17 00:53:43 12 04:29:55 23 00:23:35 05:05:26 1012 3 Avril Copeland F 2 19:50:43 03:12:06 21 05:39:17 12 01:01:01 17 04:26:05 18 00:52:35 04:39:42 513 14 Gavin Harris M 11 20:08:11 03:05:47 16 05:15:35 7 01:01:18 19 03:56:01 6 00:23:21 06:26:10 2914 17 Gerard Callaghan M 12 20:24:43 03:05:48 17 05:23:53 9 00:58:41 16 04:00:07 8 00:25:45 06:30:33 3215 77 Michael Murphy M 13 20:41:29 03:35:18 46 05:42:39 13 00:51:00 10 04:11:23 12 00:29:28 05:51:43 1816 2 Ailise Deane F 3 21:09:54 03:31:55 43 06:17:26 28 00:53:30 11 04:24:45 17 00:23:49 05:38:31 1417 9 Cathal Wilson M 14 21:21:02 03:12:31 22 05:42:55 14 01:06:46 31 04:09:55 11 00:25:51 06:43:06 3418 48 Brendan flanagan M 15 21:26:04 03:13:57 23 05:37:26 11 01:05:31 28 04:21:40 16 00:52:20 06:15:13 2719 63 Garvan Smith M 16 21:30:08 02:50:08 6 06:30:11 32 01:03:29 22 04:46:28 32 00:35:58 05:43:56 1720 87 Rose Leith F 4 21:37:37 03:29:48 39 06:16:38 27 01:19:00 47 04:36:41 27 00:34:05 05:21:27 1321 8 Brendan McBride M 17 21:49:27 03:04:26 12 06:35:10 33 01:08:42 38 04:29:19 21 00:37:21 05:54:31 1922 46 Barry Smyth M 18 21:58:02 03:29:06 36 06:08:40 25 01:05:09 27 04:28:14 19 01:04:46 05:42:09 1623 88 Ruaidhri Stewart M 19 21:58:03 03:35:17 45 06:10:56 26 01:01:44 20 04:33:30 26 00:54:38 05:41:59 1524 75 Martin Christie M 20 22:37:35 03:17:54 27 06:19:54 29 01:05:05 26 04:28:54 20 01:04:17 06:21:33 2825 4 Barry Maguire M 21 22:37:35 03:39:17 51 06:38:47 34 01:04:08 25 03:59:09 7 00:45:14 06:31:01 3326 86 Daniel Cottell M 22 23:04:51 03:30:57 41 06:56:07 45 01:07:38 34 04:44:50 31 00:48:04 05:57:19 2027 24 Ken Healy M 23 23:08:39 03:37:56 50 06:52:53 43 01:16:12 44 04:18:57 15 00:34:23 06:28:19 3028 76 Sebastien Giraud M 24 23:15:16 03:14:18 24 05:55:55 18 01:01:01 18 04:49:36 34 01:15:17 06:59:13 3829 50Catherine (Kate)Kelly F 5 23:15:17 03:17:55 28 06:08:04 22 01:04:08 24 04:55:13 35 01:00:45 06:49:14 3630 61 Emma Kerr F 6 23:20:02 03:32:56 44 06:21:43 30 01:27:16 51 04:38:48 28 00:51:01 06:28:21 3131 37 Seamus Mcloughlin M 25 23:22:20 03:35:32 47 06:44:11 38 01:07:07 32 05:13:07 38 00:31:00 06:11:25 2632 70 Steven McGeown M 26 23:22:20 03:18:23 30 07:31:43 51 01:15:40 43 04:33:21 25 00:31:51 06:11:23 2533 65 Glenn Hannigan M 28 23:25:03 03:59:27 61 06:27:38 31 01:14:23 41 04:58:34 40 00:45:00 06:00:03 2234 25 Larry Maguire M 29 23:25:03 03:06:14 19 06:53:47 44 01:14:00 40 05:26:00 42 00:45:00 06:00:03 2135 83 Paul Mcerlain M 30 23:28:00 03:41:35 53 07:08:50 49 01:05:49 30 04:43:48 39 00:45:08 06:02:52 2336 57 Eddie donegan M 31 23:55:18 03:59:29 62 06:40:44 35 01:05:49 29 04:39:57 29 00:37:01 06:52:21 3737 5 Daron Askin M 32 23:55:48 03:23:47 31 06:42:45 37 01:08:12 3738 84 Philip Nicholson M 33 23:57:18 03:30:45 40 06:51:43 40 01:19:52 50 04:44:18 30 00:50:59 06:48:26 3539 72 Kieran Keating M 34 23:57:28 03:05:25 15 07:02:27 46 01:28:39 52 05:57:00 41 00:36:32 06:10:09 2440 10 Colm Keane M 35 23:57:38 03:41:15 52 06:52:25 42 01:07:33 33 04:58:18 36 00:42:31 07:10:24 4041 13 Diarmuid O Conchubhair M 36 23:58:58 03:41:35 54 06:52:06 41 01:07:48 35 04:58:24 37 00:42:10 07:10:23 3942 66 Hugh Hunter M 27 24:31:00 03:55:46 59 06:49:00 39 01:03:44 23DNF 11 John Maccormack M 03:29:07DNF 16 Gerard Prendergast M 03:02:42DNF 21 John Boyce M 03:36:31DNF 22 John Coade M 03:06:13 06:05:53 01:16:32DNF 23 John Mulrooney M 03:17:54 07:31:56DNF 26 Martin Carey M 03:03:49 06:08:15 01:19:36DNF 28 Neil Curran M 03:55:46DNF 30 Oisin Weldon M 03:29:05DNF 33 Paudie Lynch M 03:43:47 07:06:23 01:18:52DNF 39 Terence McDonagh. M 03:35:34DNF 45 Arthur McMahon M 03:55:44 05:57:59 01:19:50DNF 51 Ciaran Reynolds M 03:24:48DNF 60 Thomas Brien M 03:31:01 07:04:58 01:08:01 04:49:32DNF 62 Gabrielle Dillon F 03:25:18 06:41:07 01:14:24 04:32:55DNF 69 Jeff Butler M 03:18:10 05:33:36 01:02:17DNF 71 Kevin McGrath M 03:24:47DNF 73 Mark kellett M 03:29:47 06:08:08 01:10:06DNF 78 Neville McGroarty M 03:15:00 07:09:18 00:43:30DNF 79 Padraic McDonagh M 04:18:21DNF 81 Paul Canavan M 03:46:06DNF 82 Paul Sherry M 03:50:38DNF 32 Patrick O’Doherty M‘I ALMOST GAVE UP HALF-WAY THROUGH THE RACE’ – SEAN McFADDEN was last modified: March 9th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more