Haddington man conquers ‘brutal’ race at 61

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A 61-YEAR-OLD has conquered a “brutal” 150-mile race across the searing heat of the Sahara – and has vowed to do it again when he turns 70.

Paddy McDonald is back home after becoming the oldest UK competitor in the seven-day run across Morocco.

The marathon man battled 45C heat in the extreme endurance race and was hooked up to IV fluids to fend off 
dehydration.

But Paddy, from Haddington, East Lothian, insisted pulling out “never crossed his mind” and plans to return to the Marathon des Sables on his milestone birthday. The event – held at the start of April – costs £3700 to enter and takes a week to complete.

He said: “It’s brutal – I ended up on an IV drip and got four-and-a-half litres of fluid pumped into me after three days. I was suffering extreme nausea and couldn’t drink anything. I had taken an electrolyte drink and it ends up becoming sweet and sickly so I was parched for water.

“I might consider it again when I get to 70 – I keep myself very fit.”