An ultra runner from Cavan has completed the gruelling Energia 24 Hour Race last weekend in Victoria Park, Belfast.
Patrick Quinn ran a staggering 107 laps of the 1.7km track, clocking up over 177kms (110 miles) on Sunday last, July 2. The event saw competitors run as many laps as they could of the race track in a 24 hour period (Saturday to Sunday).
Patrick was one of 39 compeitors to break the 100 miles barrier and collect the coveted jacket that recognises that achievement.
This year’s event was run alongside the World 24-Hour Running Championships. The entry list for the Energia 24 Hour Race included 74 men and 26 women with ages ranging from 27 to 67. Entries came in from across the UK and Ireland and from as far away as Australia, France, Hong Kong, Iran, India, South Korea and the USA.
Cork’s Alex O’Shea produced a huge personal best to win the event. The St. Finbarr’s athlete went 24 kms (15 miles) further than he had ever gone before and his total distance of 243 kms (151 miles) was good enough to earn him third place in the National Championships being run alongside the World Championship.