BERAGH’S Barry Donaghy has been crowned Irish Enduro champion after finishing runner-up in the final round at Tinahely in Wicklow at the weekend.
Donaghy had been the model of consistency throughout the seven round championship and the Tyrone rider needed to finish in the top three to clam the prestigious title.
Riding his recently-acquired Husky Te300L, the Beragh speedster achieved his goal with something to spare and was obviously delighted after his first full season competing in the championship.
“The weekend was all about keeping the head and making no mistakes,” he said.
“I had been very consistent all year so it was a matter of doing what I had been doing.”
In fact, Donaghy had performed at such a consistently high level that he never finished outside the top two all season. As well as finishing runner-up in the final round, he was also second in the opening round Pat McErlane Memorial, at White Mountain, Glendalough and Kilworth. Barry went one better in winning the rounds at Kilavuilen and Mt Leinster for a final tally of 150 points.
That meant the Beragh man had beaten nearest rivals Mervyn Griffin and Jordan Scott who finished second and third respectively.
Enduro races last anything from four to six hours and take place over a whole range of challenging terrain. For the rider it is the ultimate test of skill, speed, concentration and fitness and on all four fronts Donaghy wasn’t found wanting.
“It’s all about keeping it consistent and for me fitness plays a huge part,” continued the new Irish champion.
“I had worked hard on my fitness at the start of the season and I maintained that throughout. It was a massive help.”
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