Saturday, September 23, 2017

Kerry...Results of the Killarney 10 mile - Sat 23rd Sept 2017

The annual Killarney 10 mile race was held on Saturday the 23rd of Sept 2017. A total of 218 runners took part which is down 9.5% on the 241 in 2016.

1.Rory o Sullivan St. Finbarrs ac cork 56.27
2.Sean o Sullivan an Riocht ac 61.34
3.Martin Crowley Killarney Valley ac 62.37
1.Sinead Tagney sportsworld ac Dublin 65.49
2.Sorcha Daly Killarney 72.32
3.Meadhbh Daly killarney 75.06


Race report from the organisers....The 4th annual killarney10mile took place today 23rd of september at 9am!The race was a major success again this year with numbers up and with a great atmosphere throughout.Positive commentary came from all the participants running to support the microtrack project and also because of how professionally the event is organised.The event attracted competitors from all over Ireland including participants from the USA,England and Spain.The race helps to provide a donation every year to the Killarney community MicroTrack project to be located on the grounds of St,Brendan's college.The group was honoured to have minister Brendan Griffin TD on hand to be the honorary starter and The mayor of Killarney councillor Niall Kelliher presenting a finishers medal to every participant at the finish line on where the proposed Microtrack is to built.The weather throughout the event was remarkable,the sun shone through with a dry autumn wind as the participants took on aghadoe and knockreer before finishing back at St.Brendan's college.
The winner of this year's event was Rory o'Sullivan of the St.Finbarr's ac in Cork in a time of 56.27 on the challenging route.Rory was presented the Richard Clifford perpetual cup by Geraldine Clifford in a packed hall,richard is remembered every year with the cup dedicated in his memory,Richard enjoyed running as a pastime with his friends some the organisers of the event.The local club Killarney valley ac cheered on member Martin Crowley who  finished third in a time of 62.37 the Liebherr employee going from strength to strength on the road running scene.A great round of applause went to Killarney native who is also resident in Dublin to former Killarney athlete Sinead Tagney of sportsworld ac who won the female race in 65.49.It was great to see Sinead running so well and connecting with Killarney for this event.Sinead's parents  were stalwarts of Athletics in Killarney for so many years through spa muckross community games keeping the sport alive and well.Sinead had a very good run in Liverpool recently also.Mr.Sean Coffey principal of St.Brendan's college one of the coordinators and drivers of the community  microtrack project ran in the race himself.The fit member of muckross rowing club leads by example in his school,making light of the 10 miles.He illustrates the benefits of exercise in the youth by encouraging participation in recreational and sporting pursuits aiding good health and helping concentration levels for academic responsibilities.
A special word of mention should be made to commend the gardai who assisted the event for which the safety of all was paramount on the day.

The group would also like to thank the following:
Killarney valley AC
Killarney community microtrack group
Kerry athletics Aai
Alan Ryan hardman events
St.Brendan's college
Order of Malta
Killarney national park
Kerry county council
Stewards and volunteers
Minister Brendan Griffin TD minister for sport
Mayor of Killarney municipal area ccllr Niall Kelliher
Jules hall weakley p.a.
Primo events

Thanks on behalf of
The killarney community microtrack project
Jerh griffin (voluntary)


John Jones said...

The race report from the organizers contradicts the fact that they were down on numbers since last year but good going none the less not always easy to attract 200+ on a Saturday

Unknown said...

Race report last year indicated 241 finished while 300 entered. Perhaps more than 300 entered this year?