Twelve Pins, no needles for cadets
ARMY cadets showed they were fighting fit as they took on more than 3,000 runners in blazing sunshine for the annual Ronhill Connemara Marathon, writes Louise Hogan.
Among the sold-out entry field were the 86th Army cadet class (pictured above by Aengus McMahon) from the Curragh Camp in Co Kildare.
Hundreds of others were also pacing themselves to raise funds for the west of Ireland cardiology foundation, Croi, and Cancer Care West.
The race is comprised of three events: a half marathon; a full marathon; and an ultra-marathon.
More than 200 hardy souls pushed their fitness to the limit by signing up for the ultra-marathon of 39.3 miles.
In 2004, just 38 brave souls took on the marathon-and-a-half, but three years later 81 managed to last the pace.
The course winds past bogs, lakes and the Twelve Pin mountains, through Leenane, around the Maam Turk Mountains and back up to Maam Cross.