24 Hour running is a unique physical and mental challenge. Going faster does not mean finishing sooner because the clock stops exactly 24 hours after the start and success goes to the athletes and teams that have covered the most distance. Runners are also kept to a relatively small loop, so that support is always close at hand, and running round in circles for such a long time is not to everyone’s taste!
The women were leading the way for the first half of the last decade, but the last five years has seen the men in the ascendency. Between them they have won medals each year, except for the World championships in 2017 and 2019.
Across both World and European competitions, the women’s team have taken two silver and three bronze medals; the men have won gold at World and European level as well two silvers and a bronze. Outstanding individual achievements in this period include:
- Emily Gelder – World bronze and European silver in Katowice, Poland in 2012
- Sharon Law – European bronze in Steenbergen, Netherlands in 2013
- Robbie Britton – World and European bronze in Turin, Italy in 2015
- Dan Lawson – European gold in Albi, France in 2016
The pandemic has hit international competition hard in the last two years, but we are looking forward to the European Championships in Verona, Italy in September 2022.
The selection policy will be published early in the new year, and we plan to take a full team of men and women. Given the class of athletes available we have ambitions for the podium with both teams and we also have athletes with potential for individual medals.
Looking further ahead, the next World Championships will be in Taiwan in December 2023.