Outsider Awards – John O’Regan
I have been involved with Outsider magazine for many years. It’s a great publication covering the Irish outdoor scene. Every year they have their annual awards that celebrate those who have done incredible things in adventure sports and the outdoors.
The awards took place on January 29th in The Generator, Dublin. This year I got heavily involved in the awards. Acting as a judge & compere, I gave my tuppence worth on who should win.
Working on Extreme, I have spent a good bit of time with John O’Regan the ultra runner. John was up for the award “The most devoted”, in Extreme you can see why he has earned this honour. When John is not out training himself he can be found out at his club training others. He is extremely generous with his time. I remember one incident during a 24 hour race, John had been running for over 20 hours and I spotted him on the far side of the track giving another racer who was struggling, some coaching and encouragement. It was impressive to see that John’s dedication and passion for the sport goes beyond personal achievement and even in the midst of a competitive race, he is helping others.
John O’Regan is a phenomenal athlete but as humble as they come. He won the most devoted award and truly deserved it for all he gives to the sport of running.