Belfast Telegraph

Energia staff put best foot forward in 24-hour charity run in Belfast

By Amanda Ferguson

Energia employees from across Ireland are taking part in its 24-hour race in Belfast to raise funds for Age NI.

Two relay teams are readying themselves for the Irish Championship event tomorrow.

The Energia A and B teams are made up of employees from across Ireland, including accountants and debt controllers.

Many have a sporting background, but others are novices to ultra-running challenges.

Among the accountants taking on the ultra-running circuit is Sarah Gilmour, who first took part in the Energia 24 Hour Race in 2013, then covering 31 miles.

"I have been training as much as I can and I hope to cover the furthest distance so far," she said.

"I'll be running for about six hours in total."

Michelle O'Neill from Portaferry has been pounding the track in preparation for her Energia 24 debut and is attempting to hit 40 miles in just six hours.

"This distance running is a painful sport," she said.

"I've been competing in other running events, triathlons and the like, but this will be my biggest challenge so far."

The Energia 24 Hour Race will start at 6.45pm tomorrow, ending at 6.45pm on Saturday at the Mary Peters' Track, Belfast.

Energia trade marketing manager Michael Ringland said: "The company has been supporting the 24 Hour Race since it started with only 17 competitors in 2009 and we have helped fuel it towards the Irish Championship status it now holds, with 144 runners this year."

He added: "We're delighted to have two relay teams entered in the race this year and we'll all be supporting them and cheering them on towards their fundraising goals for our nominated charity, Age NI."


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