Can you still enter this race?
Yes. Places are still available for the 24-hr, the 24-hr relay, the 12-hr and 100km races. Entries will close on June 3 at midnight. If the races are filled before then a waiting list will be started.
Is this the same venue as the World 24-Hr Championships in 2017?
Yes it is. 40 nations attended and one world record, 3 World Masters Records and 3 National records were set.
Can anyone enter?
Yes. Entries are welcomed from across the globe.
Can I enter the AAI National 24-Hr Championship?
To qualify for the championship you must be eligible to hold an Irish passport and be a member of an athletics club north or south. To be crowned National Champion, distances of 200k(men) 180k(women) will need to be achieved. There will be Age-Group winners recognised for the first time.
What is the make-up of the team for the relay?
Teams of 4 which must include at least 1 woman. Each team member will do 3 stints of 2 hours.
Do all the races start together?
Yes. They all start at 1300 although those entering the 12-hr can opt to start at 0100 and the 100km will have a different starting point and the only race with a finish line.
What is the course like?
it is a flat course around a lake of 1652 metres and with very little rise and fall. The race will go anti-clockwise and will not change direction. The surface is made of exposed aggregate concrete and is 4 metres wide.
Can you bring cars in?
No cars or other motorised vehicles can be brought into the park. The main way in will be over the Sam Thompson pedestrian bridge off Airport Road. There will be car-parking there and also on the Topaz premises right beside the bridge. There is also access from Sydenham Station,Inverary Drive and from George Best Belfast City Airport.
What facilities will be provided?
Open race competitors should bring their own tents.
There will be tables and some chairs provided .
There will be a Feed Station on the course with a wide variety of things to eat and drink.
Pasta will be served at midnight and porridge at dawn.
There will be toilets on the course.
There will be a Medical Centre close to the start area which will include first aid, massage and physio facilities. Athletes should give their permission before being treated.(Any medical history should have been submitted as part of the entry form.
How will I know how far I’ve gone?
There will be a chip embedded in your number. This will record your laps and distance and will appear on the big screen each time you come around. Updates will also be available online and periodically updates will be printed.The MyRunResults tent is out of bounds to competitors.
Can I run with someone?
No. You cannot be paced during the race.
Can I receive assistance during the race?
Only at the specified tent area.There will be a designated line which ‘crew’ cannot cross to hand out drinks,food etc.
What about the wearing of numbers?
Your number must be visible at all times and must not be obscured by for example a rain jacket.
Where can I register?
Competitors can either register on Friday in Victoria Park from 2pm-6pm or on the morning of the race in Victoria Park from 8am.
What happens if the 24-hr hooter goes and I’m in the middle of a lap?
Numbers on wooden blocks will be handed out 30 minutes approximately before the finish. When the hooter goes simply place your block at the side of the course and await the measurer.
Do I need a head-torch?
It might be advisable. 500 metres of the course has street lighting. For the rest, lighting will be brought in.In June dusk is around 2200 and it is light again by 0600.
Are there any medals or T-shirts for taking part?
There will be T-Shirts and Energia24 medals among other items in the Goody bags of those taking part.
What do the winning relay teams,male and female get?
There will be cash prizes for the men and women 1-2-3 in the 24-hour race. There will be cash bonus awards for records across all the races. There will be trophies + other prizes for the winning relay team, and for the 12-Hr and 100km winners.The 1-2-3 in the Irish 24-Hour Championships,men and women, will also receive championship medals as will the age-group winners.There will be jackets for anyone who goes beyond 100 miles(161 kms).
There will be other ‘product’ prizes and Merit awards.
What will the weather be like?
The weather is unpredictable. In Belfast always plan for rain although there is always an outside chance of hot weather.It could get cool in the nighttime.The average temperature in June is 14.5C with an average high of 18C and an average low of 11C.
Is there anything else happening in the park?
Yes. There will be a hospitality tent,outlets to get something to eat and drink and sample local produce. There will also be a 24- second race for the Under5s and a 2.4min race for the Under10s at 4pm on the Saturday afternoon.
Are there places to stay?
The nearest hotel to the race venue is the 4-star Park Avenue Hotel. The 3-star Premier Inn,Titanic is also close by. There are a number of other hotels available. Go to VisitBelfast.com. There are also B and B guesthouses in the area and Air B and B houses available. There is student accommodation available at the Queen’s Elms Village.
Who runs the event?
The 24-hr race has been awarded a silver label from the world governing body, the IAU. National Championship status from Athletics Ireland,a race Permit from UK Athletics; and the race will be run under rules established by the Road Runners Club and recognised by UKA. The 100km race carries a bronze label from the world body.
If I have a complaint who do I take it to?
The Race referee will be the first port of call for any complaints .Thereafter, there will be a Jury of Appeal if any complainant is not satisfied with the Race Referee’s decision.
Doping Control at the race?
World Age-Group or National records do not need doping control to go forward to the IAU for ratification. However, an athlete attempting a world record should inform the organisers of their intention well in advance of the race.
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