Picture this....an indoor track....in Finland....a race which is run over a set time rather than over a set distance....and that time is 24 hours.....and you keep doing loop after loop after loop....and you have some idea of the crazy world of Ultra-Running. Four members of Athenry AC made the long trip to Espoo in Finland to take part in this 24 hour race last weekend.
Clonakilty Marathon back in December.
The 2nd Athenry runner home was Ruth Ann Sheehan who finished in 188 kms (~118 miles). Ruth Ann who is originally from Cork but now lives in Galway won the inaugral 50 mile Ultra-Marathon in Dingle last September.
The other two Athenry AC runners were......Mick Rice (165 kms / 103 miles) who was the winner of the Connemara 100 mile last Summer and Ray O'Connor (122 kms / 76 miles) who is the driving force behind the famous Connemarathon in April every year and recently completed his 100th Marathon.