Two Scottish athletes will be competing in Poland this weekend (8-9 September) in the International Association of Ultrarunners World and European 24 Hour Championships. Sharon Law and Debbie Martin-Consani, both of Garscube Harriers, will head to Katowice as part of the Great Britain and Northern Ireland team.
Sharon and Debbie qualified for the event with their performances in last year's Commonwealth Ultra Distance Championships in North Wales, where they ran 206 km (128 miles) and 209 km (129 miles) respectively. They now have their sights set on Pauline Walker's Scottish record of 210 km (130 miles).
Debbie told scottishrunningguide.com: "It's an honour and a privilege to be running on the GB team, especially in an Olympic year. From my humble beginnings when I started running to train for the Glasgow Women's 10K, I can hardly believe I'll be lining up against some of the world's best ultra marathon runners this weekend."
The championships have a field of 269 athletes from 35 countries and unlike most running events which are run over a set distance with a finishing time, the challenge is to see how far you can run in 24 hours. This will be achieved by the athletes circling a 1.5km parkland loop with every lap being meticulously recorded.
All athletes have their own drinking and feeding strategies to see them through what is the longest certified event recognised for championship purposes by the IAAF. Live updates of the event will be available at the International Association of Ultrarunners (IAU) website and also the local organisers' website .