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MacLennan becomes first Scot to complete Race Around Ireland


By Andrew Henderson


Will MacLennan became the first Scot ever to complete the Race Around Ireland last week, finishing in fifth place.

The Evanton cyclist had been targeting the British record, and was on track to break it until running into an issue with his knees three quarters of the way through.

Evanton's William Maclennan became only the third Brit ever to complete the Race Around Ireland when he finished fifth in the 2019 race.
Evanton's William Maclennan became only the third Brit ever to complete the Race Around Ireland when he finished fifth in the 2019 race.

The injury was not enough to force him to retire from the race though, and the aim became to finish, which he did in 130 hours and 55 minutes.

MacLennan found the toughest part of the 2160km route to be the south-west, with the varying altitudes making it difficult to get into a rhythm.

“I did expect it to be hard, there was no illusions over that at all,” he said.

“I found the south-west corner to be a lot harder than I thought it was going to be.

“We were stuck in that area going round roads that were constantly going up and down hills. There weren’t a lot of flats, so that area was the hardest of the lot."

Read more in today's North Star.



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