Victory for jump jockeys in world's longest
Donal recently won the longest and toughest horserace in the world – the 1000km Mongolian Derby – closely followed by fellow team mate Richard Killoran who came second just 44 seconds behind.
The Mongolian Derby is a race around Chinngis Khaan’s infamous network of horse stations that were used by the messengers crossing the thousands of miles of Mongolian steppe. There are no marked routes, no camps, no tour guides. The competitors have to navigate across the wilderness from station to station, in the quickest time, changing horses at each stop and ensuring their mounts are delivered to the next destination in mint condition.
In a race over seven days, with only 21 of the 34 competitors completing, Donal and Richard came out on top, a magnificent achievement of persistence, stamina and judgement, as well as the competitive spirit that jockeys are renowned for!
Donal and Richard were sponsored by William Hill and are raising money for the Injured Jockeys Fund, who provide essential assistance and support for jockeys throughout their careers and beyond. They are half-way to their target and can still be sponsored via the Just Giving link http://www.justgiving.com/MongolDerbyCharityRace