John O’Regan is a 44 year old extreme ultra runner originally from inner city Dublin.
He lives in Leixlip with his wife, Catherine,and two children, Aisling and Cian. By day he works with Irish Rail but his passion is running and lots of it. He has run long distance in some of the hottest and coldest places in the world.
John wasn’t particularly sporty growing up but always loved the outdoors. He preferred fishing with his uncle to ball games but when prompted by his father to find a sport John began hill walking, martial arts and developed an interest in survival skills, taking classes with Ray Mears.
He started running in April 2001 and since then he has competed in some of the most extreme Marathons and Ultra-Marathon’s across the the 7 Continents. He has run the North Pole Marathon and Antarctic Ice Marathon, the Celtic 100k, the Everest Marathon, the Marathon des Sables, the Inca Trail Marathon (co-1st) and the Yukon Arctic Ultra of 100 miles (1st).
This summer, in a test of endurance, John finished joint 2nd in the Energia 24 Hour Race in Belfast and will go on to represent Ireland at the International 24 Hour Championship in Taiwan. John is frequently seen running in and out to work from Leixlip to Connolly Station where he has a desk job with Irish Rail, but his personal passion is to help others beginners to run, and share his love for it through his running club, Le Chéile.
“You can’t just start running at 40 and assume that you’re going to be able to run these major distances. So a 24 hour race or a race of further then a 100 kilometres. You can’t just train for them like you train for the marathon.”