Wednesday, August 22, 2012

IAU 24-hr World & European Championships 2012

24-hr World & European Championships 2010.

This is the one I've been waiting for and can now confirm that I've been selected to represent Ireland in the 24-hr World & European Championships 2012 which is less than 3 weeks away.  My year was planned around this race and even though confirmation of selection only happened recently I had trained as if I was doing it.  All races have led to this point and my peak and taper was planned around the race date.

The following appeared on the Athletics Ireland Website.
The World and European 24 Hour Championships takes place in Katowice, Poland on 8/9 September.  Ireland will have teams participating in both men’s and women’s events.  The men’s team will consist of John O’Regan and Eddie Gallen.  John is the reigning national champion having won the title at the Energia 24 Hour race in Bangor, Co Down on July 6/7.  Eddie finished third in this race and was runner up to John in 2011 also.
The women’s team will comprise of Deirdre Finn and Ruthann Sheahan.  Deirdre was the national 24 hour champion in 2011 and also included the Bangor 24 Hour race as part of her preparations for Katowice.  The weather conditions were very wet on that occasion so the team will be anticipating a different challenge in Poland.
Each of the team will have a support person in attendance to assist with refuelling and race strategy in what promises to be a gruelling competition.


  1. Good luck, John. The only surprise is that it took so long to confirm.

    Say hi to Eddie as well.

  2. @ Thomas. Was told verbally a few weeks back but only got the official selection letter this week. Couldn't confirm I was selected until I had that. Will of course pass on your regards to Eddie and Thanks.

    @ Debs, I suddenly feel under pressure:) but still looking forward to meeting up again.

  3. Good luck John, only 24 hours? You've gone soft :)

    Sounds like a great event.