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27 Sept 2022

Ed McGroarty smashes Irish 24 hour record in Italy

The Lifford-Strabane AC ultra runner set a new mark at the European Championships while Finn Valley AC's Eddie Gallen was also on the Irish team

Ed McGroarty smashes Irish 24 hour record in Italy

The Irish team at the 24 Hour European Championships in Italy.

Lifford-Strabane AC ultra runner Ed McGroarty broke the Irish record at the 24 Hour European Championships.

Competing in Verona, Italy, McGroarty finished in 17th position overall.

McGroarty clocked a whopping 258.820 kilometres.

The race winner, Aleksandr Sorokin from Lithuania completed 319.614km.

Finn Valley AC’s Eddie Gallen was 52nd overall. Gallen finished with 222.183km.

McGroarty and Gallen helped the Irish men’s team to a ninth-placed finish and the Donegal duo were the leading two Irishmen home.

Earlier this year, McGroarty retained his Irish title with 255.8 km in Belfast.

Last year, McGroarty became the first Irish ultra runner to break 250km when he set a new mark of 256.570km.

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