Energia 24 in Bangor in 2012

Picture of Sportsplex Pavilion, Bangor

The third edition of the Energia 24-Hour race will be staged at the 8-lane Sportsplex in Bangor, County Down on 6/7 July 2012.

The move to the seaside, 12 miles from Belfast, has been necessitated by the closure of the Mary Peters track because of an upgrade.

Race Director Ed Smith says "We're delighted to be bringing our own particular brand of madness and suffering to Bangor. The Sportsplex will support our needs perfectly. It's a town that has hosted world class events in the past - and it's go-ahead spirit can be seen in the 50 metre pool it's currently building - the first in Northern Ireland."

The event is the only round-the-clock race in Ireland and for the second year in a row will carry the kudos of Irish Championship.

We have a tradition of great ultra runners in Ireland and I'm proud to give them this platform on which to show what they can achieve on home soil," says Smith.

Last year Kildare's John O'Regan posted figures of 132 miles in winning the men's race and Killaloe's Deidre Finn won the women's championship running 112 miles.

In total, some 18 ran, walked, staggered and crawled past the magical 100 miles, including Everest conqueror Lynne Hanna and Gerard McCann who began running 3 years ago to help him quit smoking and lose some weight.

Smith says "There is 1000 Pounds in prize money and special awards for anyone chalking up that century - but in my book they are all winners for just taking this on and we're holding the entry fee at 50 Pounds in these straightened times."

Energia, Ireland's leading independent energy business, is back for the third year as title sponsor.

Marketing Manager, Michael Ringland says "This is a great partnership for us: An event that is breaking new ground and tests participants to their physical and mental limit. We had 8 countries and 18 Irish counties represented last year - and it made for a compelling spectacle of achievement against the odds."

There is a 12-Hour option, won by Sean McCormack from Wales in 2011, with just under 69 miles. There is also a team relay with Team Orangegrove setting the bar high last year at 170 miles.

The previous two editions of the race have carried 'bronze' labels from the world governing body and it is hoped to secure a 'silver' label soon as it looks to bid for a European Track Championship in 2013.

For more information contact Ed Smith at ed_n_smith@hotmail.com or 00 44 774 0818 389.

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