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Top names in the world of ultra running gather together to educate and inspire


Castleknock Hotel in Dublin on November 22 An impressive line up of champion runners, coaches, and educators will be holding a seminar at the Castleknock Hotel in Dublin on November 22 for ultra runners, and those interested in moving to distances beyond the marathon.

‘DublinUltra : Beyond the Marathon’ is the first event of its kind dedicated to providing extreme endurance athletes with the knowledge and motivation required to take part in ultra marathons.

Technically an ultra is anything longer than a marathon, but organised races can vary in distance from 50km (a regular marathon is 42km) to 100+ milers and multi-day events.

Among those sharing their insights is legendary Irish endurance athlete Gerry Duffy, winner of the inaugural Deca Enduroman (10 back to back Iron-distance triathlons) and the man who ran 32 marathons through the 32 counties in Ireland.

He will be talking about goal setting and type of mindset required to push your body to its physical limits.

British ultra runner, journalist and creator of sports nutrition company Warren Pole, will be discussing how runners can get the best nutrition into their bodies and tap into fat reserves to boost performance.

Irish female 24 hour running champ Ruthann Sheahan, who was recently the 3rd lady across the line in the 250km Atacama Crossing in Chile, will be interviewed live on stage by event creator and host George Anderson

George recently ran 10 back to back marathons in his home town of Thame, just outside Oxfordshire and will be discussing how he was able to fit in the training to a busy family life with 3 young children and a self-employed career.

Irish running champion and ultra running coach John O’Regan will be taking attendees through a system for creating a training program for their next ultra marathon, and race director Ray O’Connor will be taking a behind-the-scenes look at ultras.

Ray’s talk will also highlight the best races to target, depending on your ability and also your spirit.

Seats at the event at the Dublin event on November 22 are strictly limited.

The program runs from 9:30am to 4:30pm, and tickets cost €64. Book directly through the website at www.dublinultra.com