Milford AC’s Marty Lynch won the Brendan McDaid Memorial Special Achievement Award last night at the 2017 Donegal Sports Star Awards.
The popular barber had a gruelling, yet successful 2017. Lynch won The Race, a 250km endurance event that has been described as ‘the race from hell’. He did it in record time, too, finishing in 13 hours, 47 minutes and 16 seconds.
Among other honours, he won the Coast to Coast Cycle and the MAD Adventure Race.
“You need savage backing from the family and from your boss. If you don’t have that, it won’t work,” Lynch, who paid tribute to coaches James Gibbons and Hugh Coll at Milford AC, said.
“It was a great year. A few of them were planned and a few were just ones I won. I’m doing a lot of work and it paid off.”
For such punishing events, Lynch explained that the preparatory work isn’t all physical.
He said: “Your head plays a big part. In the latter stages, your body will do it if your head is right. Your head can make your body do things it wouldn’t normally do.”
Listen to the full interview below …