The tough get going into the west

THE tough got going and when the going got tougher, they pushed on even harder as peak performance athletes took to the hills for the gruelling Dingle Adventure Race at the weekend.

Tenacious, determined and passionate, the gritty endurance athletes took on the challenge of one of the toughest tests of all as they ran, hike, cycled and kayaked their way around west Kerry.

The one-day multi activity event offered a choice of three courses – a 21km, a 43m or a full 48km – and they all involved great feats of endurance.

The 21km mini course involved a 5km beach run, a kayak race and a cycle from Dingle to Ventry. The sport course also involved a 1km kayak, a 20km cycle from Dingle to Mount Eagle via Slea Head and a mountain run or hike over a distance of 7.5km, followed by an 11.5lm cycle and a run to the finish.

The toughest of them all – the full course – saw those participating cycle 25km from Dingle to Cloghane via the Conor Pass, hike 10km from Cloghane to Baile Breac, run from Baile Breac to Milltown in Dingle – a distance of 10.5km – and kayak for 2km to the finish line.

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