At 0900hrs on 14th September, 14 ultrarunners will set off on their Irish Road Journey of a Lifetime from Malin Head to Mizen Head, the M2M Ultra. They will cover 345 miles in just 11 days, averaging a 50km ultramarathon (31 miles) per day.
The runners have come from all over the world to take part… Belfast businessman & Managing Director of SERE Motors, Stanley Edgar (49), will be looking to add to his list of extreme running achievements. ‘The M2M Ultra is going to be my biggest challenge yet’, he said.
Rory Coleman, ULTRArace Director said, ‘We are looking forward to welcoming athletes from all over the world to this unique Irish Mega-Stage ULTRA-marathon’. Michelle Fookwe (South Africa) will be celebrating her birthday, and Russell Secker and his wife Claire (USA) will be celebrating their 25th Wedding Anniversary during the event.
Pre-race favourite has to be James Blissett (22) one of a new wave of young ULTRA-marathoners who has his eyes set on winning the first prize of a 1.2L Chevrolet Spark.
All of the runners are accommodated overnight on a 14 berth luxury sleeper bus which even has its own chef to make sure the runners are kept well fuelled and rested.
The route follows the shortest road route between Malin Head and Mizen Head and the athletes’ daily distances, stop-overs and route can be seen on the event website, www.ultrarace.co.uk.
There’s also an event Blog where daily updates results and photographs of the runners will be posted.
Which of the 14 runners has the endurance and inner strength to make the distance? Find out next week as the M2M Ultra starts in Ireland.
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