In a great performance for Irish ultrarunning, Thomas Maguire won the Monaco 24hr with a distance of 248.39km. Good to see the depth of Irish ultrarunning increasing the last few years.
Ireland’s Thomas Maguire set an incredible new Irish record of 248.392km (154.344 miles) to win the IAU-labelled Monaco 24-Hour race on 22nd November. Maguire’s performance is an elite Grade A standard and propels him into the top 5 in the world rankings this year.
The distance, which is the equivalent of running almost six full marathons in a single day, was also a new event record for the Monaco race.
The ‘No Finish Line 24-Hour Race’, staged on a 1km circuit at Monaco’s world famous port, proved to be a fascinating duel between Maguire, the Irish 100km record holder, and Emmanuel Fontaine (FRA).
The pair demonstrated fantastic mental and physical prowess as well as top class sportsmanship as they battled for dominance over the second half of the race. However, Maguire’s pacing strategy ultimately proved successful and he gained control over the final few hours.
Maguire ran negative splits and his time for the final 100 miles (161km), yet to be confirmed precisely, is also set to be an Irish best at the distance.
He was supported by former Irish Olympian Paul Donovan – and Fearghal Murphy. He was also accompanied in his efforts by Ireland’s Richard Donovan over the initial third of the race.
The IAAF World Athletics Gala took place on the same day in Monte Carlo and HSH Prince Albert II was at hand to give Thomas his winning ‘No Finish Line’ trophy.
His amazing achievement further boosts Ireland’s 24-Hour team for 2010, especially given Eoin Keith’s 5th place finish at this year’s World 24-Hour Championships. The next World 24-Hour Championships take place in Brive, France on 13th-14th May 2010.
1. Thomas Maguire (IRL) 248.392km
2. Emmanuel Fontaine (FRA) 243.570km
3. Christian Leroux (FRA) 225.118km
4. Christophe Laborie (FRA) 213.850km
5. Robert Ludger Boewer (GER) 210.210km