Ruthann Brilliant in 24-Hour Champs in Poland

Athenry athlete, Ruthann Sheahan, did brilliantly to finish 38th overall out of 248 finishers when running for Ireland at the 2012 IAU 24H WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS in Katowice, Poland on the weekend of 8-9 September. Ruthann finished 7th among the women and was only just beaten by Irishman John O'Regan.

We understand that her time is an (as yet unratified) Irish women's road record for a 24-hour race at 229.346 kilometers covered for the duration of the race. This converts to 142.5 miles. We also understand that Valerie Glavin will retain her indoor record for the 24-hour ultra marathon, set in 2011. So raise a glass or two in celebration to  both girls.

The European 24H Championships were run concurrently and Ruthann finished 5th.

Husband George Livanos, pictured below, has been very supportive to Ruthann over the years and accompanied her on the trip. Supplying an athlete with food and drink is a hugely important part of the effort and George did trojan work in that respect.

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There's no stopping the Athenry AC women.  Fantastic result.  Well done Ruthann.  Enjoy a well earned break!

Fantastic achievement and a well deserved reward for all the hard work and dedication you put in.

Well done Ruthann (&George!)... Delighted all the hard work paid off. Enjoy the celebrations& a well earned rest. See you both soon. Jane-Ann

Congrats Ruthann, Im still trying to get my head around your brilliant performance in the Comrades earlier this year. Not to mention this latest achievement. I wait patiently for the race report... no excuses while your resting the legs!!!!! Hats off to you.

Great to read about about Ruthann success here. I remember the days of Glandore AC where the seeds were sown... Well done to all. Chris . Abbey Striders AC

Congrats RuthAnn and George that result is amazing.

Congratulation Ruthann that's an amazing achievement we are all so so proud of You.
well done to George also.
Congratulation again love MT xx

great acheivement Ruthann, well done, enjoy a good long break.....

just saw your achievement on the Cork Running Blog Ruthann, congratulations.
I was good friends with your uncle back in my youth in Leap and do a bit of running now myself but nowhere near what you do.
Plus you have a Marathon Des Sables under your belt as well.The mind boggles.

...let alone running!

Fair play to you, Ruthann!

P.S. I hear Val is already in training ;-).

... plus most of the life used up in a pair of runners. And in just 24 hours - it's just mind boggling! Well done to both of you. Fantastic achievement

This is incredible, a great athletic achievement , the mental stamina and months of training involved also needs to be remembered, congrats Ruthann!.

Ruthann as you come from the village of Leap Co.Cork I just thought of 'One small step for mankind,one giant leap for mankind'.In the same month as the great man Neil passed away I think you took many many small steps but it was a giant leap for women's ultra running.Well done Ruthann.
Martin Keane

Ruthann congrats on a brilliant achievement in Poland! Yourself and George are an inspiration to the rest of us plodders on what can be done if the mindset is there. Well done!

Well done Ruthann- what an amazing run. Congratulations.