A Galway ultra runner was last week honoured as a nominee at the Outsider People of the Year Awards, held at The Grand Social in Dublin. The awards honour those involved in outdoor and adventure sports in Ireland.
Originally from West Cork, Athenry AC member Ruthann Sheehan was nominated for Breakthrough Performance of the Year for her ultra running feats.
She set a new Irish women’s record at the 24-Hour World and European Championships in Katowice, Poland in September, which marked only her second ever 24-hour race. Covering 229.3 km (142.5 miles) in 24 hours, Ruthann smashed the previous Irish record of 206.650km.
“Not only did Ruthann finish as fifth woman in Europe and seventh in the world, she was hot on the heels of leading Irish ultra runner John O’Regan who ran 229.6km,” said a spokesperson for the Outsider People of the Year Awards.
“And in case you’re wondering what kind of speed that is, 229.3km in 24 hours works out as 9.55km per hour, which is an astonishing ten minute pace for a whole day.”
Ruthann is also a former winner of the Dingle 50 Mile Ultra-Marathon as well as the recipient of the ‘Ultra Running Athlete of the Year’, which was recently presented by the Athletics Association of Ireland.