Keith Whyte winning the 2010 Cliffs of Moher Half-Marathon
The Irish men's team for the Anglo Celtic Plate (Home Nations) 100km has been announced. The event will take place in Perth, Scotland on 27 March 2011.
Keith Whyte and Daniel Doherty will make their debut for Ireland in the competition.
Doherty took up running only two years ago and runs with Basingstoke and Mid Hants AC in the UK. His progress has been remarkable, most recently finishing second in the Gloucester 50km in 3:09:05 despite suffering a chest infection.
Whyte, who hails from Ennis, has been equally impressive. He took up running three years ago and set a marathon PB of 2:38 in October's Dublin City Marathon. However, his true talent may lie beyond the marathon distance where his 180km - 200km training weeks should also stand him in good stead.
The team will be captained by Irish record holder Thomas Maguire whose PB of 7:05:06 earned him 12th place in the 2006 World 100km Championships. Maguire also holds the 24 Hour Irish Record, covering a distance of 248.392km to be ranked in the top six in the world in 2009.
John Byrne, a 2:32 marathoner, made his debut at the 100km distance in 2010 and there are high expectations of the Mayo AC athlete's 100km ultramarathon potential.
John O'Regan, primarily a 24-hour+ runner, will complete the team and is anticipated to put in a very strong performance over the shorter distance of 100km in Scotland.
Thomas Maguire (captain)
Date: Sunday 27 March 2011
Times: 7am - 100k & 10am - 50k
Venue: Bells Sports Centre, Perth
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