World 24-Hour Running Championships

by Ed Smith in Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom

We did it
On 4th May 2017 we successfully raised £6,285 with 94 supporters in 28 days

We need funds to stage the best World 24-hr Running Champs ever - and give athletes from 45 nations the best chance to shine in Belfast.

by Ed Smith in Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom

New stretch target

We can't believe you have all been so brilliant and helped us raise our initial target of £5,000. Everything we raise now until our campaign ends will go into hosting the best 'ultra' race on earth. Please continue to support. 

£3,000 more

Will go to co-ordinating our fabulous volunteers. Everything from setting up the course, running the opening and closing ceremonies, to cooking porridge for breakfast, is done by a wonderful crew of passionate (and arm twisted) volunteers. We hope to have a 100 strong team to help us run this event. This additional £3k will allow us to keep them safe and happy over the course of the event. 

£5,000 more

In addition to co-ordinating our volunteers, futher funds will go into turning one of Belfast's best loved parks into a venue for world class athletics. 

The world is coming to Belfast. A volunteer race committee passionate about athletics and distance running is hosting the 12th IAU World Championships for 24Hour running. It will not be possible without the help of sponsors, local council, volunteers and the ultra running community with their clubs and families. 
As a World Championship race, we will welcome 45 nations who will come with their crews and supporters to compete in Belfast.  There will be 300 world class athletes, chosen to compete for their nation and an 'Open Race' with 100 competitors. A World Championship Masters competition is also now included. We need your support to make it happen and host a world class running event in Belfast.
It will cost £100K to stage and while we're delighted to have the support of title sponsor Schneider Electric and Belfast City Council, Energia, The Charles Hurst Group , Bombardier, who are funding a schools project around the Championship, and Athletics NI - we are still some way short of the target.
Your contribution to our £5000  Crowdfunder will be a big help in providing  the following for the athletes taking part;  
- Stocked fuelling stations (ultra runners eat everything from pizza to bananas to jellied sweets to keep their energy up across the 24 hours.)
-  Night lights to show them the way.
- Shelter to leave kit in - our Irish weather means athletes may need a change like Formula One cars tyres!
- also like Formula One teams, these athletes will have a crew who need a space to call base! 
Budget £5k 
40 marquee tents - £2750
Stocked 'Fuel' stations for 400 athletes  - £1000
Lighting - £1000
crowdfunder fee 5% £250 
Here is a message from our friend, Olympic Gold Medallist, Dame Mary Peters, on the World Championships. 


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

£10 Reward

A great big thank you for your support on our Facebook page.

£15 or more

£15 Reward

Thank you on our '24 Hour Race Heroes list' in the World Championship Souvenir Programme and online.

£20 or more

16 of 40 claimed

£20 Reward

A bottle of commemorative 24HR World Championship craft beer. Plus a great big thank you on our ‘Heroes’ list as above. You will receive a voucher to collect this over the race weekend. Thanks to Boundary Brewery in East Belfast. Sorry unavailable for post.

£30 or more

6 of 40 claimed

£30 Reward

Souvenir Poster of 24 HR World Championships in Belfast and a big thank you on our 'Heroes' list as above. Image coming soon!!

£35 or more

5 of 40 claimed

£35 Reward

Souvenir t-shirt of 24 HR World Championships in Belfast 2017 and a big thank you on our 'Heroes' list as above. Collect on event day or have it delivered. Image coming soon!

£50 or more

3 of 15 claimed

£50 Reward

Twin your athletics club with a nation. Carry their flag into the opening ceremony. .Recognition will appear on our '24 Hour Race Heroes list’ in the World Championship Souvenir Programme and online. Individuals pledging this amount can nominate an athletics club / youth club to claim the reward.

£50 or more

1 of 3 claimed

£50 Reward

Physio session in Belfast. A 1 hour consultation with Alan Withers. Plus our thank you as above.

£100 or more

0 of 3 claimed

£100 Reward

Ultra Running consultation session with Irish International Ultra Runner John O'Regan. This can take place in Dublin or via a phone call or video conference. Sessions can be tailored to requirements and will be approx 2 hours long.

£150 or more

5 of 35 claimed

£150 Reward

Limited edition print from our Artist in Residence who will be creating a commemorative art work during the race. A thank you on our 'Heroes' list as above.

£500 or more

2 of 30 claimed

£500 Reward

Corporate advert in World Championship Souvenir Programme and a great big thank you in our '24 Hour Race Heroes list'.

£1,000 or more

£1,000 Reward

For believing in the race and our team you will receive a huge cuddle! A great big thank you as a patron to the race and recognition in the Souvenir Programme as a Superhero with a very special video message from the crew and ambassadors.

£350 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£350 Reward

A 3 day 2 night stay in a 4 bedroom house in beautiful Rosbeg, Donegal. Sleeps up to 8 people. Come along and experience the beautiful and remote west coast of Ireland. Rosbeg is a little slice of untouched Ireland with beautiful beaches and access to an abundance of wildlife. A 3hour drive from Belfast, this is an opportunity to escape & switch off or explore the landscape running, cycling and climbing. Email us with any questions.

£1,000 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£1,000 Reward

An Alpine Trail and Ultra Running Weekend with Robbie Britton & Natalie White at their home in Chamonix. Flights and insurance not included. For 1-2 people. Not just a beautiful weekend, but a learning opportunity for anyone interested in ultra and trail running. For full details see update on this page or email

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