Sunday 18 February 2018

Hannan takes glory after wheelchair racers go extra mile

Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

WHEN IS A marathon not a marathon?

When you do more or less than 26.2 miles, and yesterday's wheelchair elite actually did an estimated 28 miles after taking a wrong turn in Inchicore!

The trio took a wrong left turn at Con Colbert road (made famous by AA Roadwatch) and suddenly found themselves headed west on the N4 dual carriageway, doing an extra mile before they were alerted and did a quick U-turn.

"Ach it was no bother, the cycle escorts just led us back up the bus-lane," recounted Armagh man Paul Hannan, who added another Dublin title to his honours yesterday ahead of Banbury wheeler Jim Corbett and Kildare's Patrick Monahan.

Monahan, from Naas, was particularly chuffed with his third-place finish considering he first sat in a racing chair just two months ago.

A car crash six years ago has confined him to a wheelchair and his only previous race was a 10km in Wicklow a few weeks ago, so he's definitely got potential as a para-athlete.

Irish Independent

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