Google+ Running in Cork, Ireland: Results & photos of the Irish 24 hour Championships in Belfast...Sat 25th & Sun 26th June 2016

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Results & photos of the Irish 24 hour Championships in Belfast...Sat 25th & Sun 26th June 2016

The Irish 24 hour championships were held last weekend in Belfast on Saturday the 25th and Sunday the 26th of June 2016. This is one of the main Ultra races in Ireland and one of only two Ultras that count as Championships.

A large number of runners and crew descended on Victoria Park in East Belfast for the event on Saturday morning. Located between between the Harland & Wolff Dockyards and the George Best International Airport, it made for an ideal venue with a course that was just over one mile in length.

At least 4 runners from Cork took part in the full 24 hour race which started at noon on Saturday. Eoin Keith who is originally from Cobh was dominant once again with an amazing 150 miles being covered.

The suprise performance of the 24 hour race was that of Aidan Hogan from Cork. As a newcomer to the Ultra scene, he ran an impressive 147.9 miles and indeed was running well all the way up to the midday deadline on Sunday.

Aidan Hogan...2nd in the Belfast 24 hour
Alex O'Shea of St.Finbarr's AC took on his first 24 hour race and finished in 5th place overall. More importantly, Alex finished just above the 24 hour B standard of 220kms which means that he is now eligible to be selected for an Irish team for the European and World 24 hour championships.

Alex O'Shea...inside the international B standard
In total, there were 86 competitors in the 24 hour race and 44 managed to break the magic 100 mile barrier. Grellan McGrath of Eagle AC finished in 10th place overall with a distance of 125.3 miles, surpassing the 102.6 miles which he did in the same event in 2015.

Grellan McGrath of Eagle AC...10th overall

24 hour Finishers from Cork...
1 Eoin Keith ...24hr... 241.738kms...150.0 miles
2 Aidan Hogan... 24hr ...238.132kms...147.9 miles
5 Alex O'Shea... 24hr... 220.675kms...136.6 miles
10 Grellan McGrath... 24hr... 202.318kms...125.3 miles

Full results

In addition to the 24 hour race, there was also a 24 hour relay race, a 12 hour race and a 100km event.

In the womens 12 hour race, visually impaired runner Sinead O'Kane from Youghal finished in second place with 69.8 miles! Sinead also finished second in last years 12 hour race with 68.3 miles.

2nd Woman...Sinead Kane... 12 hour... 112.479kms... 69.8 miles

1) The organisers have a nice gallery of photos HERE
2) There is another gallery of about 80 photos HERE

Silver medal for Aidan Hogan in the Irish 24 hour National Championships
Clonmel AC were the winners of the 24 hour relay event


Anonymous said...

cant be good for u

Anonymous said...

Aidan Hogan a member of Rising Sun AC.

Anonymous said...

Well done Aidan, a great and active participant in the Cork Athletics scene for a long time. A superb achievement by a humble and understated person. Great stuff!

Anonymous said...

Aidan is an incredible runner, and very humble, improving all the time. Well done Aidan, such an achievement!

Anonymous said...

Well done Aidan. Outstanding going fella!

Anonymous said...

Great run Aidan just 4 miles off national record. you got to take into consideration aswell that this race was always on a 400metre tartan track they moved it this year to the park which is concrete i would think that running on the track would be easier on the body and you would probably cover more distance

Anonymous said...

Does that mean Aidan Hogan and Eoin Keith can be selected on Irish team as well as they were above 5th place? If so great achievement.

John Desmond said...

The international 'B' standard is 220kms for men. On that basis, Eoin Keith (241.7k), Aidan Hogan (238.1k), Eddie Gallen (230.1k), Tim Brownlee (225.9k) and Alex O'Shea (220.6k) could be selected. The only woman to pass the womens B standard of 200kms was Louise Smartt (204.0k).

Anonymous said...

eddie gallen is some man. his 23rd 24 hour race.

Breandán Dennehy said...

Massive congratulations from all clubmates in Rising Sun A.C. to Aidan Hogan! A great performance. One to be proud of.