01 October 2014

Killarney 10Mile Road Race

"New Athletics Micro Track in the grounds of St.Brendan's Collage in Killarney" - this is the main idea behind this new running event in Killarney. Local athletic club Spa Mucross AC and neighbouring Gneeveguilla AC & Kenmare AC have joined forces with St.Brendan's Collage to build 200m athletic track to serve the larger south Kerry area as the alternative to the only full size track in the county.

The race itself was flawless as you can expect from the athletic clubs involved and the crew from behind events such as Lakes of Killarney Marathon & Hardman Triathlon.

The start was located on Port Road, a bit congested at the beginning but with almost 300 runners this was predictable. By the first corner field was spread out with runners settling to their paces.It's not often that one gets a chance to run/walk down the middle of Killarney's main streets during rush hour on a Saturday - with the only car horns being beeped to show support to participants. 
Apart from some elevation on the approach to Aghadoe & a small bit later in the park, the route was reasonably flat with spectacular views of lake and later nice scenery and pleasant running in the park.

Nice touch was to finish with a loop of college yard where hopefully soon the new track will be in place.

Top 3 Men:
1. Michael HERLIHY 53:08 
2. Phillip HARTY      53:39 
3. Tim OCONNOR    54:48 

Top 3 Women:
1. Lucy BRENNAN    1:07:12 
2. Denise CASEY     1:12:19 
3. Alison KIRWAN   1:12:54

After taking part in Killarney Women's Mini Marathon the previous weekend, 3 of our club's female members were back again at the starting line, with Mags Hussey making her debut at the 10 mile distance. Well done ladies on taking this challenge and collecting another lovely medal for ever growing collections.
St.Brendan's AC results:
  40. Artur Nowak   1:12:38 
  91. Ann McGlynn  1:21:30
116. Pat Sheehy     1:25:51
186. Kirstie Nowak 1:37:49
187. Mags Hussey  1:37:49

Full results HERE.
Gallery of photos HERE.

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