North West Triathlon Club’s Paddy McLaughlin has won the gruelling 283 mile-long Tri Limits Double Ironman in Dungannon.
The 36 year-old long distance triathlete finished the mammoth event in 32 hours and 44 minutes this afternoon (Saturday), having set out early yesterday morning.
The Inishowen sports injury therapist finished a five mile swim of Eskragh Lough in just over two and a half hours on Friday, followed by a 225 mile bike ride in 17 hours and a 52.4 mile run in around 12 hours.
Only stopping for brief refuelling along the way during the energy sapping event, the 36 year-old super-endurance athlete completed a task only a select few seasoned triathletes would even consider taking on.
At the finish line, Paddy paid tribute to everyone for their “fantastic support” to help get him around the course and for their generous donations for his chosen charity.
“It’s great to be finished, but I’ve definitely felt better,” joked the Double Ironman Champion.
Paddy took on the challenge, which also included completing Ironman Lanzarote a fortnight ago - in aid of the Children’s Medical and Research Foundation, Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin. But he still needs support and is encouraging people to give generously online at www.cmrf.org/sponsorshipPage/show/1262.
Later in the year, the super-fit triathlete will compete in France as part of the Irish National squad in the European Triathlon Union Long Distance Championships in Vichy, France before running both the Dublin and New York marathons in the same week.