THE spectacular Killarney National Park provided the perfect backdrop for this year’s Lakes of Killarney Marathon and Half Marathon, with competitors running alongside Lough Lein, Ross Castle, the ancient cooper mines and this year’s crop of wild garlic and bluebells.
Over 300 athletes competed in the event which is oganised by Alan Ryan of Hardman Events.
It was a great day for Kerry as Derek Griffin eased home in a time of 2 hours and 45 seconds, having won Limerick Marathon the week before. Incredible athlete Rachel Stokes also powered to the finish line in a time of 3 hours and 16 seconds.
Killorglin’s Thomas Bubenorfer completed his 100th marathon, while inspirational wheelchair athlete, Jerry Forde, has competed in over 300 marathons to date.
Hardman Event Director, Alan Ryan, said the weather made it an extra special occasion.
“I am truly grateful to the National Park and Wildlife Services for use of Killarney National Park for this race and I thank the many volunteers, stewards, pacers and, of course, the 300 athletes who encouraged each other along every mile of the looped course”.
1 Derek Griffin 02:45:07
2 Aidan Hogan 03:06:20
3 Tom Shanahan 03:06:26
1 Rachel Stokes 03:16:16
2 Colette O’Donoghue 03:24:29
3 Alison Flynn 03:44:07
1 Damien Foley 01:19:09
2 Martin Crowley 01:19:15
3 Joe Kelleher 01:19:22
1 Susanne Foley 01:44:40
2 Martha Barry 01:56:30
3 Roisin Daly 01:57:17
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