3 July 2016
By Bryan T. Smyth
- Eoin Keith and Aidan Hogan take 1st and 2nd place in men’s race
- Sinead Kane take 2nd in 12hr women’s race
Friday 1st July 2016 – Cork competitors have run away with the prizes in this year’s Energia 24hr Race. The event took place in the Victoria Park Track in East Belfast on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th June. The Energia 24-hour race is the endurance race where competitors run as many laps of the 400m race track as they can in 24 hours.
Cork runners Eoin Keith and Aidan Hogan took 1st and 2nd place in men’s race and Sinead Kane took 2nd in 12hr women’s race.
Race Director Ed Smith says “This year’s Energia 24hr Race was sensational. After 6 years at the Mary Peters’ track we moved to a 1.7km circuit in Victoria Park in east Belfast. This will be the location for the 24-Hr World Championships that will take place here next summer. Entry levels doubled and some fantastic races were run.”
“Runners from all over Ireland – 25 counties to be exact – competed alongside runners from 12 other counties in a truly international field.”
“Eoin Keith from Cork retained his title, running 242 kms in 24 hours. Another Corkman, Alex O’Shea, finished 100 miles first but then fell back through the field. Aidan Hogan, also from Cork, took second place with 238 kms.”
“Cork blind athlete Sinead Kane, running with her guide Philip Bourke, finished second in the 12 hour race, running 112 kms.”
Smith says: “It was great to have the use of the upgraded Victoria Park facility and with it the support of Belfast City Council alongside our title sponsor Energia, who have been with us from the start when we had 18 entries, Pure Running, Water Within, the international Association of Ultra Runners and the athletics federations north and south.”
Title sponsors Energia, the leading gas and electricity suppliers, have backed the 24-hour from day one.
Michael Ringland, Marketing Manager, Energia said: “This year’s race has been another fantastic event and everyone in Energia wants to congratulate all of the competitors. We’re looking forward to 2017 already.”
The event carries a Silver Label from the World Governing Body and is grant-aided by Belfast City Council and supported by Pure Running.
More information from Ed Smith on +44 774 0818389 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.