THE New Year has got off to a flyer for Strabane athlete Brendan Murphy following his selection to the Irish duathlon team.
Best known as a runner, Brendan has finished in the top three of the last two Strabane 10K events. In 2013 however he decided to incorporate cycling into his regime and last year competed in his first ever duathlon in Omagh. In a clear mark of his ability, he claimed first spot in his respective category.
He has also taken part in triathlons in Derry, London and Letterkenny, finishing in the top ten on each occasion.
On April 25 Brendan will line out as part of Team Ireland for the European Duathlon in Madrid. But the former St Colman’s High School pupil won’t have far to travel as he is currently teaching in the Spanish capital.
He explained, “I’ve been running for ten years but about 14 months ago I made the decision to move into duathlon rather than confine myself to a single event.
“I have done a few triathlons and they helped me get on to Team Ireland. I’m really committed to the training and I have a chance to represent my country which is something not everyone gets. So from a personal perspective, it’s a great achievement.”
While Brendan is working as a primary school teacher in Spain, his participation in the upcoming championships will still come at a significant cost. He will have to ship his own equipment out and will have to pay for any physiotherapy requirements.
“All I can do is try and do my country proud,” he said.
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