As the Warriors Run in Strandhill, county Sligo, celebrates its 35th anniversary this weekend, we meet the ‘original of the species’.
Kerry’s John Lenihan bought a car for 100 punts in 1985 to get him to the inaugural Warriors run – a 10-mile race from the canon in Strandhill village to the top of Knocknarea and back.
He won it – and came back to win it the next year…and the next year…and the next.
In all, he won the Warriors on six different occasions – and his best time (50mins 17secs) is still the fastest in the record books.
John spoke to Austin O’Callaghan from his home in Kerry on The Final Whistle podcast:
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