800 hit the road … and the hills

Declan Dorgan, Catherine Doyle and Ciarán Ó’Muirearchaigh, competing in the annual Dingle Adventure Race. Pictures: Valerie O’Sullivan

OVER 800 athletes from all corners of Ireland and Europe descended on Dingle and its peninsula at the weekend for the epic Dingle Adventure Race.

Athletes negotiated dense fog and heavy conditions on Mount Brandon and Mount Eagle but welcomed the lack of sunshine giving otherwise ideal adventure conditions for running.

The very successful one day multi activity adventure race consisted of three courses –Full, Sport and Mini – with biking over the spectacular Conor Pass, climbing Mount Brandon, running the coastal windy roads of Slea Head, Ceánn Cibéal, Dún Chaoin, Mount Eagle and along the iconic Dingle Peninsula.

The race, established by Noel O’Leary of Irish Adventures, has a real fun atmosphere and a great atmosphere prevails.

The winner of the Full DAR event was Shaun Stewart from Donegal with an amazing time of three hours, 10 minutes and 51 seconds.  First home in the Full DAR Ladies was Laura O’Driscoll from Louth, in a time of 03:45:18.

The winner of the DAR Mini was Ben Dillon, Cork in a time of 01:14:53, and the first lady home was Catherine McCarthy, Cork in 01:23:34.

The winner of the DAR Sport was Bernard Smyth, from Meath in a time of 02:03:04, and the ladies’ race was won by Lorraine Horan, Limerick, in a time of 02:25:30.

Fiona Herbert and Jacqueline Le Bourhis hit the road

RESULTS

DAR FULL
1. Shaun Stewart (03:10:51)
2.
Dessie Duffy (03:16:06)
3.
Diarmuid Collins (03:18:50)
LADIES
1.
Laura O’Driscoll (03:45:18)
2.
Emma Donlon (03:53:18)
3.
Aine Murphy (04:05:34)

DAR SPORT
1. Bernard Smyth (02:03:04)
2. Niall Smith (02:04:32)
3. Gary Lawlor (02:04:32)
LADIES
1.
Lorraine Horan (02:24:12)
2. Louise O’Reilly (02:40:50)
3. Sharon Martin (02:44:27)

DAR MINI
1. Ben Dillon (01:14:53)
2.
Neil McGrath (01:15:41)
3. John Wharton (01:15:58)
LADIES
1. Catherine McCarthy (01:23:34)
2. Breda Noonan (01:26:50)
3. Ronnie Barry (01:26:57)

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