Killarney’s Kevin in the top three

The first three in the Quest 12/24 Adventure Race 250km route, from left, Kevin Leahy (third), Paul Mahon (winners) and Gavin Byrne (second).
Pictures: Marek Hajdasz

MORE than 250 hardened adventurers took on Kerry’s nature at its rugged best at the weekend for the Quest 12/24 endurance length adventure race, with two distances of 146km and 253km. The aim was to complete it in the allotted time of 12 or 24 hours respectively.

Winners of the 24-hour, 253km event were Paul Mahon, Wicklow in a time of 15. 09:37 and Moire O’Sullivan in 16.19: 55secs. In the men’s race second position went to Gavin Byrne (15. 22: 53) and third went toKillarney man Kevin Leahy (15.35:21secs).

Participants cycling through Ballaghbeama Gap

In the female race second position went to Ailise Deane from Dingle (16. 56:51). In the 12-hour, 146km event, the winning male was Killian Heery, Cavan, in a time of 8.10:15secs. The winning female was Áine Mahony in a time of 9.57:48.

In the male event second position went to Brian McBride (8.13:59) and third position went to John Paul O’Connell, Limerick (8.16:42). In the female event second position went to Regina Sheehan from Mallow, Co Cork (10.10:02) and third position went to Ger Kelly (10.22:43secs).

Race Director, Oliver Kirwan said the participants put in such effort, blood, sweat and tears – and, he stressed that was no exaggeration.

The participants started in Sneem and cycled to Carrauntoohil, ascended and descended Ireland’s highest mountain and then carried on along the Ring of Kerry Road, kayaking in Waterville and ran back via the Kerry Way.

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