Paul Pollock of Annadale Striders and Kilcoole’s Fionnuala McCormack will lead a team of five Irish marathon runnes at the World Athletics Championships in London next August 4-13.
Also selected are Raheny’s Mick Clohisey, Sean Hehir of Rathfarnham and Leevale’s Claire McCarthy.
Robert Heffernan of Togher will compete in the 50km walk along with Letterkenny’s Brendan Boyce and Leevale’s Alex Wright.
Closer to home, Belfast native Eddie Gallen will lead the Irish team at the World 24-Hour Running Championships in Victoria Park, Belfast on Saturday July 1.
For Gallen, 54, a Madrid-based teacher, it will be a ninth World Championship and his 34th 24-hour race. A twelve-strong team of six men and six women will represent the Ireland at the World Championships
Also selected for the Irish team is Dublin-based Cork ultra runner Eoin Keith. This weekend, Keith is aiming to run the 563 kilometre (350 miles) length of Ireland from Malin Head in Donegal to Mizen Head in Kerry in under 4 days. Should he success, he will set a new world best for the classic run. Keith starts his run on Saturday.
Others on the team for Belfast include brother and sister Tim Brownlie and Susan McCartney, who will line out in Monday’s Belfast Marathon as part of their preparations.
Irish team for World 24-Hour Championships:
Men – Eddie Gallen (captain), Eoin Keith, Aidan Hogan, Daragh O’Loughlin, Malcolm Gamble,Tim Brownlie. Women – Ruthann Sheahan, Amy Masner, Louise Smart, Yvonne Naughton, Susan McCartney, Catherin Guthrie. Manager – John O’Regan.