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Northern Ireland barrister recovering after falling ill during gruelling 24-hour race

By Rachel Martin

A Northern Ireland barrister who is thought to have suffered a cardiac arrest during a 24-hour race has been released from hospital.

Iryna Kennedy began to feel ill after running 32 miles - the equivalent of running a 10k race straight after a marathon - during an event on Saturday.

It was reported that she had suffered a suspected cardiac arrest.

The Energia Belfast 24 event challenges runners to see how many miles they can complete in 24 hours.

Six paramedics tended to Ms Kennedy before a stand-by ambulance took her to the Royal Victoria Hospital.

A second runner, Tim Brownlie, who was representing Ireland, was also hospitalised after finishing the race.

Around 400 runners took part in the event at Victoria Park in Belfast.

Mr Brownlie finished 26th after running 149.9 miles. He is also understood to have been allowed to leave hospital yesterday.

Ed Smith, chairman of the local organising committee, said: "There was a full medical team at the event. Iryna Kennedy had come to the medical centre on the course at Victoria Park herself where her condition deteriorated.

"There were up to six paramedics available there to look after her.

"The stand-by ambulance was called and when her condition didn't improve. She was stabilised on site and transferred to the Royal Victoria Hospital.

"The care of the athletes during a 24-hour event of this nature is of paramount importance to us."

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