Can you still enter this race?
The World Champs is by invitation only to international teams. The Open Race(100 places) is now closed. Bu you can join a waiting list by sending an email to email@example.com.
What is the World 24-Hr Championships?
It is held every 2 years and open to nations around the globe who are affiliated to the IAU -the International Association of UltraRunners( which is in turn affiliated to the IAAF). They may be able to send teams of up to 9 men and 9 women, depending on each country’s qualifying standards.
Are the World Champs and the Open race being held together?
Yes they are on Saturday,July 1,2017 in Victoria Park in Belfast - although they will have different starting points and feed stations.
What is the course like?
it is a flat course around a lake of roughly 1.7K and with very little rise and fall. The race will go anti-clockwise and will not change direction. The surface is made of exposed aggregate concrete and is 4 metres wide.
Can you bring cars in?
No cars or other motorised vehicles can be brought into the park. The main way in will be over the Sam Thompson pedestrian bridge off Airport Road. There will be car-parking there and also on the Topaz premises right beside the bridge. There is also access from Sydenham Station,Inverary Drive and from George Best Belfast City Airport. 400 metres passed Sydenham station on the corner there is parking available in Inverary Community Centre(100 spaces).
What facilities will be provided?
Tents will be provided on the side of the course for international teams ONLY with table and chairs. Open race competitors should bring their own tents.
There will be tables provided for the Open Race.
There will be a Feed Station on the course with a wide variety of things to eat and drink.
Pasta will be served at midnight and porridge at dawn for those in the Open Race.
There will be toilets on the course.
There will be a Medical Centre on the ‘island’ close to the start area which will include first aid, massage and physio facilities.
How will I know how far I’ve gone?
There will be a chip around your ankle. This will record your laps and distance and will appear on the big screen each time you come around. Updates will also be available online(details on that later) and periodically updates will be printed.The ChampionChip tent is out of bounds to competitors.
Can I run with someone?
No. You cannot be paced during the race.
Can I receive assistance during the race?
Only at the specified tent area.There will be a designated line which you cannot cross to hand out drinks,food etc.
What about the wearing of numbers?
Your number must be visible at all times and must not be obscured by for example a rain jacket.
Where can I register?
International team managers will attend a Technical meeting in Queen’s Elms Village on Friday(June 30).Time to be confirmed.
Open Race competitors can either register on Friday in Queen’s Elms Village or on the morning of the race in Victoria Park from 9am.
What happens if the 24-hr hooter goes and I’m in the middle of a lap?
Numbers on wooden blocks(or equivalent) will be handed out 30 minutes approximately before the finish. When the hooter goes simply place your block at the side of the course and await the measurer.
Do I need a head-torch?
It might be advisable. 500 metres of the course has street lighting. For the rest, lighting will be brought in.In July dusk is around 2200 and it is light again by 0600.
Are there any medals or T-shirts for taking part?
International teams must wear their national vests. There will be T-Shirts and Energia24 medals in the Goody bags of those taking part in the Open Race.
What do the winners get?
There are no cash prizes.The 1-2-3 in the World Championship -men,women and teams- receive Championship medals. The 1-2-3 in the Irish Championships,men and women, also receive championship medals.(To qualify for the Irish Championships you must be eligible to carry an Irish passport and be a member of an athletics club,north or south.).There will be jackets for anyone who goes beyond 100 miles(161 kms).
There will be other ‘product’ prizes.(To be confirmed)
What will the weather be like?
The weather is unpredictable. In Belfast always plan for rain although there is always an outside chance of hot weather.It could get cool in the nighttime.The average temperature in July is 14.5C with an average high of 18C and an average low of 11C.
Is there anything else happening in the park?
Yes. There will be a hospitality tent,outlets to get something to eat and drink and sample local produce. There will also be a 24 second race for the Under5s and a 2.4min race for the Under10s at 3pm on the Saturday afternoon.
Are there places to stay?
The organisers have a number of rooms pre-booked at the university which it’s felt are reasonably priced but nice. Contact Ed Smith (ed_n_smith@hotmail .com) if you would like to take up this offer.
The nearest hotel to the race venue is the 4-star Park Avenue Hotel. The 3-star Premier Inn,Titanic is also close by. There are a number of other hotels available. Go to VisitBelfast.com. There are also B and B guesthouses in the area and Air B and B houses available.
Who runs the event?
The World Championship and the Open Race have been awarded silver labels from the IAU. National Championship status from Athletics Ireland,a race Permit from UK Athletics; and the race will be run under rules established by the Road Runners Club and recognised by UKA.
If I have a complaint who do I take it to?
The Race referee will be the first port of call for any complaints about race behaviour and there will be a Jury of Appeal if any complainant is not satisfied with the Race Referee’s decision.
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