On Saturday 22nd July, 2,500 runners and walkers braved an early start to compete in ‘the world’s most beautiful road race’.
Half marathon participants started their event in Molls Gap, with a route that encompassed Ladies Views, the National Park, Muckross House and Abbey. Competitors enjoyed stunning views of the Lakes of Killarney and the unspoiled beauty of the Park. In the half marathon, the first male was Niall O’Riordan, of An Bru AC Limerick, coming in at a time of 1hr 12m 10sec. In 2nd place was Derek Griffin (1hr 12mins 39sec) and 3rd place went to James Doran (1hr 12mins 50sec). The first female home in the half marathon was Killarney local Sinead Tangney coming home in 1hr 19mins 59sec followed closely by Dolores Duffy in 1hr 26mins 35sec and Sorcha Daly 1hr 30min 06sec.
The 10k race got underway from the Gleneagle Hotel at 10.00am. First across the line in the 10K was Sean O’Sullivan in 34mins 12sec, first female to come in was Niamh Clifford at 40mins 50sec.
The Gleneagle Hotel was the centre of activity where competitors were treated to a well-earned massage, Japanese hot tubs, custom made medals, yoga and hot food at the finish line. Spectators and participants basked in the summer sunshine when it showed it’s face at the finish area.
Now in its 8th year the event saw competitors from all over Ireland and more than 100 international athletes from 15 countries, including America, Singapore, Qatar, Finland, France and the UK, compete in a competitive field. Michael Healy Rae TD, officiated at the start of the half marathon in Molls Gap with Brendan Griffin TD, getting the 10k underway at Muckross Rd. The event sold out weeks in advance, with next year’s event already in planning and open for registration.
Event organizer Oliver Kirwan said, “We are really pleased the event went so well, we have 600 more participants than last year and it’s great for the town in promoting a healthy lifestyle and showcasing the best that the Killarney has to offer. Events of this size are not possible without huge support of the Killarney National Park and all those who facilitate the running of this event. Many thanks to all involved.”
The Gleneagle Run Killarney 10km and half marathon 2018 will take place on 28th July next year. Registration is now open with a 30% discount on standard entry for the first 50 people to register for either the 10km or half marathon.