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Super Seb Brings His Ultra Dream to Portumna

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Press Release For many runners, the completion of a marathon race is a cherrished ambition, but for an intrepid few, 26.2 miles is just not far enough. Races longer that a marathon, or ‘ultramarathons’, have traditionally been seen as the preserve of a sort of athletic lunatic fringe, but a Galway based Frenchman is out to change all that. Seb Locteau came to Ireland ten years ago and has built a successful career as a sporting coach and event organiser since that time. As a former French international Triathlete, Seb draws on many years of personal experience in elite sports when he advises the many swimmers, runners and cyclists on his books. Having competed in many Iron Man distance Triathlons Seb certainly know a little bit about endurance sports and he has turned his attention to ultramarthon races. He says his mission this year is to convince many more people that running an ultramarathon, and enjoying the experience, is possible.

On the 26th of June next Seb will organise three long distance races in the magnificent surroundings of Portumna Forest Park. The signature event on the day will be a 100km race, one of only a handful of such events ever staged in Ireland. Seb says, “It’s just such a wonderful location for running that it deserves a unique event. I hope that I can provide Irish runners with the opportunity to challenge themselves to achieve something really special there. Wilth a little care and preparation, races like this are well within the scope of many club runners and triathletes.” In conjunction with the 100km race, both a 50km and a standard marathon race will also be held, which provide less demanding alternatives to the 100km race. “This won’t be like the London or Dublin Marathons, it’ll be an altogether more relaxed atmosphere I’m sure. While I don’t think we’ll have thousands of runners in Portumna, we are absolutely determined to make sure that everything is perfect for those who want to take part”, said Seb. Each race has been accurately measured and has been given the stamp of approval from the Athletics Association of Ireland.

The three races in June assist in raising funds for the local ‘Sign Out’ Portumna Youth Cafe and volunteers from the Cafe will provide assistance to the event organisers on the day. “We’ve put a great deal of work into the organisation of these special races and we’re hoping that they will become anual events”, said Mr.Locteau. “I’ve always thought that many more people can take part in events like this that have done so in the past. My dream is to help them realise what they’re really capable of.”

Details of the races can be found at www.SebFitness.com

https://www.runireland.com/events/2010-06-26/portumna-100km-and-u-marathon