Runners clock up the miles

August 10

Eighteen Ultra runners took to the Mary Peters Track in South Belfast to compete in a race with a difference.

The Energia Belfast 24 Hour Race which challenges competitors to run as many miles as possible in 24 hours was won by Fermanagh runner, Thomas Maguire and Lynne Hanna from Dromara.

Thomas and Lynne are pictured celebrating victory as they are presented with their gold medals by Michael Ringland, from race sponsor Energia (right) and Race Director Ed Smith (left).

Thomas from Belcoo, Co. Fermanagh won the men’s competition at the race recording 127 miles, just shy of five straight marathons. Lynne won the gold medal in the women’s competition by achieving over 90 miles in the 24 Hour period.

Thomas and Lynne took to the Mary Peters Track at 6.45pm on Friday 6th August and finished at 6.45pm on Saturday 7th August. The race which tests the endurance of some of Northern Ireland's top ultra runners is the first round the clock race to take place on the Island of Ireland.

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