Team Ireland shine at IAU European 24-Hour Championships

Team Ireland put in a strong performance at the IAU European 24-Hour Championships which resulted in a new National 24-Hour record for team captain Ed McGroarty. In what was his International 24-Hour debut, Ed clocked a total distance of 257km surpassing the previous record.

Team Ireland were represented by the Men’s Team of Ed McGroarty (Captain), Keith Russell, Aidan Hogan, Alex O’Shea, Daragh O’Loughlin, Eoin Keith, Eddie Gallan, and Niall McGuigan. The Women’s team comprised of Aoife Mundow, Lorraine McMahon, Sinead Kane, Nichola Duffy, Anne Jennings, and Amy Masner. All runners from the Irish team wore a ribbon combining both the Irish and Austrian flags in memory of Thomas Bubendorfer who tragically passed away on September 6th.

Final individual distances

Ed McGroarty – 257km
Keith Russell – 245km
Eddie Gallen – 221km
Anne Jennings – 219km
Lorraine McMahon – 213km
Nichola Duffy – 201km
Aoife Mundow – 195km
Niall McGuigan – 187km
Aidan Hogan – 184km
Sinead Kane – 183km
Alex O’Shea – 167km
Eoin Keith – 114km

Event History

The IAU European 24-Hour Championships are held every two years. The best long-distance athletes in Europe face off in a range of age categories and team events over a 24-Hour period. Runners must complete as many loops as possible to add to their individual and team total distance. This year’s event takes place in Verona, Italy. The 2020 competition was canceled due to Covid health guidelines.

2018 saw Timisoara in Romania as the host city with France taking the Men’s Team title with Ireland in 8th place. The Women’s trophy was won by Poland while the Irish Team finished in 13th place. Amy Masner from Team Ireland claimed 10th in the Women’s Individual race with a total distance of 220km. Best of the Irish Men’s race was Eoin Keith in 19th place with 232km. The current 24-Hour Female record holder is American Camile Heron with 270km in the 2019 World Championships. Alexander Sorokin of Lithuania is the Men’s record holder having clocked up 309km in 2021.

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Kevin Groome
Kevin Groome
Kevin Groome is the founder and editor of Ultrarunning.ie and is a keen runner. He enjoys competing in events from 5k to Ultra Marathons

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