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.