Ultra-marathon runner Alex O’Shea to represent Ireland in 24-hour race

Ultra-marathon runner Alex O’Shea to represent Ireland in 24-hour race
Ultra-marathon runner Alex O'SheaPic; Larry Cummins

CORK ultra-marathon runner Alex O’Shea will represent Ireland at the World 24-Hour Championships in October.

The event, taking place in Albi, France, is organised by the International Association of Ultrarunners and will see athletes from 31 countries battle it out in a 24-hour running race.

The Irish squad will be captained by the 2018 Athletics Ireland ultra runner of the year Aidan Hogan from Rising Sun athletics club.

Alex completed an astonishing 32-marathon challenge last year when he completed a marathon in every county over 16 days in aid of Irish Guide Dogs.

In 2014, he broke the world record for running a marathon dressed in firefighter gear.

O'Shea, a firefighter, previously ran a full marathon in his full firefighting attire
O'Shea, a firefighter, previously ran a full marathon in his full firefighting attire

He said he is delighted to get the chance to wear the green vest once again after representing Ireland at the 24-hour European Championships in Romania last year.

“Having narrowly missed out on representing Ireland at the last World Championships, I set about training harder for an Irish vest.

“Recently I have been focusing far less on racing and concentrating on the big end goal of representing Ireland.

“I am delighted to have gone on to represent Ireland in Romania last year at the Europeans and will take hard lessons learned to France.

“I am delighted to be travelling to Albi, France along with a great team to proudly represent Ireland at the pinnacle of ultra running the World 24hr Championships,” he added.

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