AN ENDURANCE athlete from Omagh has become the first person from Northern Ireland to complete Ironman Lanzarote for a fifth consecutive time.
Last month Omagh Tri Club member Shane McGale made it five in a row in completing the ultimate test of endurance by swimming 2.4 miles, cycling 112 miles and running the marathon distance to finish.
It was McGale’s ninth successful Ironman competition and arguably the most difficult to date.
In fact, the Omagh man admitted that at one point during the run he considered quitting.
“Two miles into the run my watch stopped so that meant I had nothing to pace myself,” he said.
“Psychologically that was a big thing. It started playing with my head and I thought to myself that I mightn’t finish.
“But I kept plugging away, going forward and eventually got there in the end.”
Ironman Lanzarote is considered one of the most difficult events of its kind in the world.
Much of that is down to the fact that during the cycle competitors have to climb over 2500 metres.
This year though the temperature was a huge factor with over 100 entrants failing to reach the finish line.
“To finish is the only goal for me, that’s the main thing,” added Shane.
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