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Paddy taking to the Mournes for Ultra Marathon

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Paddy taking to the Mournes for Ultra Marathon thumbnailLocal Ironman athlete Paddy Logue is heading to the Mourne Mountains this weekend to take part in the 52 mile Ultra Marathon.

LOCAL Ironman athlete Paddy Logue is heading to the Mourne Mountains this weekend to take part in the 52 mile Ultra Marathon.

Paddy, a six time Ironman and seasoned endurance athlete will take on the gruelling challenge for a second time.

The Saturday event starts in Rostrever and takes the competitors up over the Mournes into Newcastle.

Paddy said: "This is my second time running the course, and the last time I ran it I said that I would never be back as the terrain is horrible. There are parts you can't even walk never mind run.

"But I relish the challenge and hope to run a more sensible race than I did first time round. My race calendar this year has not been as busy but training has gone well and I am injury free which is important.

"Timewise it is hard to judge. I would never call myself a marathon runner as I try to maintain three disciples rather than just running. But I am hoping to run the challenge in 10 hours. That however will be difficult as the Mourne course is the second hardest in Europe. It is a long time on your feet and trying to maintain energy is hard to do when you could lose 10,000 calories during the race."

The Strabane man hopes he can add another successful finish to his already impressive racing CV.

"I always go into an event to race it and finish safe and healthy, that is always my objective."

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