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Local decathletes to take on world games in Belgium

Thursday, 24 August 2017

Local decathletes to take on world games in Belgium thumbnailOmagh Harriers duo Trevor McGlynn and Mark McBrearty have been selected as part of a four person All-Ireland team to compete at the 21st World Championships for Double Decathlon in Belgium this weekend.

OMAGH Harriers duo Trevor McGlynn and Mark McBrearty have been selected as part of a four person All-Ireland team to compete at the 21st World Championships for Double Decathlon in Belgium this weekend.

Trevor, who is the reigning European Champion and is on his 55th international cap, says: "It's the toughest both mentally and physically training program I have devised, training six days a week twice a day.

"You only burn out if you don't know what you are doing. Train smart, and you will be fine."

Trevor coached Mark to All-Ireland gold a number of years ago, and when Mark's mother passed away from motor neurone disease last year, he wanted to challenge himself and do something extremely difficult. His mum always believed in his athletics abilities, and so Mark decided the toughest athletics event in the world, as it is known, will be the ultimate dedication to her memory.

"Thirty hours of fast explosive sprinting, jumping, throwing and almost 40 miles of running in total is not everyone's choice of a great weekend," Trevor said, but for the pair, it is what the last 16 weeks of training have been aiming towards.

By Sunday, night the two Omagh Harriers are hoping to be at least ranked as two of the world's top 10 ultra track and field multi-event athletes.

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