FAST: Warwick competitor Peter McDonnell wins a wheelchair race in Daily News Pentath-run.
FAST: Warwick competitor Peter McDonnell wins a wheelchair race in Daily News Pentath-run. Gerard Walsh

Peter calls it running as he pushes for better fitness

RUNNING: Peter McDonnell may use a wheelchair but he doesn’t use the word “pushing”, it is simply running.

He won the wheelchair events at the annual Daily News Pentath-run and received a great cheer when he crossed the line first in the Voyage Fitness 1500m criterium, a time faster than the best of the able-bodied runners. He has a 1500m best time of three minutes, 23 seconds.

McDonnell has used a wheelchair for mobility since a tree-felling accident but that hasn’t stopped him establishing and operating an earthmoving business in the Warwick area.

He goes for a run in his wheelchair three times a week and might cover 50km weekly.

If he isn’t out on the road running, he is working in the gym.

“Keeping fit helps me a lot with my work,” he said.

It was a race in two in the wheelchair racing at the Pentath-run but McDonnell wasn’t keen to claim a victory against Jason McGregor.

He said his wheelchair was more suited to running than his opponent, so he had the advantage.

McDonnell took part in his fifth Pentath-run at the weekend and there is no chance of him stopping.

The Pentath-run contained a mixed bag of runners, including the True Blue Warwick Guides, who competed in the 1500m as part of a Girl Guides Camp Weekend.

For more photos and stories from the 2016 Pentah-run, head to warwickdailynews.com.au



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