Michael O’Donaghue

I work in an IT role for a media company in Belfast. I’ve been running since 2009 when I was volunteered to do a relay leg in the Belfast Marathon.  I progressed from there to parkrun and ever increasing distances.
Each year I like to have a new challenge of a type I’ve never attempted before.  In 2015 it was ultras, 2016 fell running and this year back to back marathons. I did the Quadrathon (4 marathons in 4 days) in Donegal in August.  The longest distance I’ve done is The Fling, so next year I intend to do WHW and the Belfast to Dublin Ultra to get me up to 100 mile territory.
Ultra history
I’ve done around 60 marathons with 12 of them being ultras.  My first was the Connemara 39.3 miler which was a lovely run on roads in scenic Galway. I’ve moved on from there to do the Clyde Stride, D33, Highland Fling, Devil O The Highlands, Mourne Way, Causeway Coast, Wicklow Way, Kerry Way and Liverpool to Manchester
Why whw?
I love running on well maintained trails of which Scotland has many, so doing WHW was a natural progression. I don’t mind the mucky stuff as well but wouldn’t want to run nearly 100 miles in bog.
Aim for the WHW?
To finish in good shape having enjoyed myself and not to keep the marshals out there too long, especially if conditions were like they were this year.  I’m a fan of bling so got to have that goblet.