Google+ Running in Cork, Ireland: End of the road for the Belfast 24 Hour

Thursday, December 20, 2018

End of the road for the Belfast 24 Hour

The 10th and Final Energia 24 Hour Race will take place in Victoria Park Belfast on June 22nd - 23rd 2019. Entries are currently over the 200 mark with a limit of 350. 18 relay teams have signed up to date.

Back in 2009, 24 hour races were still very minor events that didn't attract much attention. Thanks to the likes of the Belfast 24 and other events, they have certainly become a lot more popular.

In its early years, the Belfast 24 hour was held at the Mary Peters track in the south of Belfast. This is a lovely location with the track in a kind of bowl which protects it from the elements. There were however issues with noise and neighbours and doing continuous loops of a 400m track wasn't the easiest mentally either.

In the last few years, the event moved to Victoria Park in east Belfast. This used a one-mile loop and was a big hit with the runners. It also doubled up every year as the Irish 24 hour National Championship.

The above photo shows Aidan Hogan from Cork who ran a big PB of 243.9kms (151.5 miles) to take his first Irish title at Energia24 in Belfast during the Summer of 2018.

There's lots of info on the race at:

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