Friday, 11 February 2011

Irish Team Selection- Anglo Celtic Plate

A very proud moment in my short running career. Ultra Running Ireland has announced the team that will represent Ireland in the Anglo Celtic Plate (Home Nations) 100km which will be held in Perth, Scotland on 27th March 2011.

This will be both an international debut and 100km debut for me but I will be running with a very strong team this year. The team line up is:

John Byrne,
Thomas Maguire
John O'Regan
Keith Whyte

The team will be captained by Thomas Maguire who holds the 100km Irish record at 7:05:06 and also holds the 24 hour Irish record. Thomas was ranked in the top 6 for 24 hour event in 2009.

John O' Regan has a wealth of experience in ultra running and running for Ireland competing in the World 24 Hour Championship and World 100km Championships. He has also ran in some key international marathons / ultras including the North Pole Marathon, Antarctic Marathon, Everest Marathon, Marathon Des Sables, winning the Yukon Arctic Ultra (100m) and joint first in the Inca Trail Marathon. Some great ultra experience here.

John Byrne has some impressive marathon times under his belt and made his 100km debut in 2010.

Keith Whyte, like me, will be making his 100km debut in March. Keith recently won the Moher Half-Marathon and has put in some impressive marathon times.

I am currently putting in some intense training to prepare for this. I am keeping to the pyramid style training of a 4 week cycle. Week one I am hitting around 100 miles peaking with a gradual increase to around around a 130-140 mile week (week 3). I will then drop back down to 100 miles in week 4 to rest. In respect of my long runs, in the few weeks leading up to the Plate I will be putting in a 3.5 hour session this weekend, increased by an hour or so each week until I hit about 6 hours. By then I should be ready to taper down for the event... Keep an eye out for the race report!

To find out more about the team and Ultra Running Ireland click here.

Enjoy your training...


1 comment:

  1. Hey Dan,
    Looking forward to meeting you in Perth. Think we've a strong team with the addition of yourself.