NAAC ATHLETE TO RUN FOR TEAM GB
North Ayrshire Athletics Club have taken some massive steps forward over the past 18 months both on and off the track but this latest bit of news could possibly eclipse it all. Senior club athlete Sharon Law has been selected for Team GB in the International Association of Ultra runners 24 Hour world (incorporating the European) Championships in Turin 11-12 April 2015.
Sharon is one of a team of 11 Brits selected to run in this ultra tough race and one of only four Scot’s. Sharon is no stranger to ultra events having claimed the Bronze medal in 24hour European championships two years in the woman’s race with a mouth-watering race distance of 226.107km.
It is the first time Sharon will compe as a member of NAAC having joined the club last year. Sharon had this to say about North Ayrshire “I’ve been involved in running all my life and have watched with interest North Ayrshire Athletics club grow over the past year and really wanted to be a part of it. I’ve been really impressed with the organisation and commitment of the club since I joined and it’s a really good group of athletes” Sharon also said this regarding her selection “ I’m delighted to have been selected to compete for team GB again, to represent your country is the highest honour any athlete can receive. Competition for places is really high and it’s a strong squad I’m just really delighted to be part of the squad. I’ve been training hard and I’m hoping to go out there and get a personal best and you never known maybe be in the mix with the medallists on the podium”
Club Chairman Blair Pettigrew said “I’m delighted for Sharon, her inclusion in the team is down to year of hard work and dedication to her sport. Ultra running is, in my opinion, one the toughest sports in the world. To have someone from NAAC representing team GB in the world championships will give everyone in the club a huge confidence boost. Sharon is a great role model to have at the club to hopefully inspire some of our younger members to follow in her footsteps and they too can pull on that famous red white and blue Nike vest for team GB.
Team GB 24 hour manager Richard Brown said “This is the strongest team we have put into the field and they will be fighting hard to follow in the footsteps of our successful 100km squad who secured medals at their recent world championship”
Sharon is a manager for K:A leisure one the clubs key partners and trains with other club members at the K:A campus track at St Mathews Academy in Saltcoats. The club has classes for non members including a very popular JogScotland group which meets on a Tuesday night at the track. For more information on all the training and community coaching programme check facebook or the clubs webpage or email email@example.com.