The sixth annual DEBRA Ireland Wicklow Mountains Half-Marathon /10k took place on Sunday, March 9, with 400 runners and walkers running and raising money for the organisation.
All proceeds from the event will go towards providing services to those living with the skin condition epidermolysis bullosa (EB), better known as butterfly skin. Over the past five years more than €100,000 has been raised by participants.
The race attracts both professional and non-professional runners with this year's event selling out in record time. The largest ever group signed up with many using it as a training race for a full marathon. Others wanted to support DEBRA Ireland while also setting themselves the challenge of their first mountain run. Participants enjoyed stunning views of the Glendalough Valley, which you don't normally get to see as the route is usually closed to the public.
It was a fantastic day with categories for competitive runners including: 21k first man – Gary Hynes in a time of 1:33.22; 21k first lady – Lucy O'Malley in a time of 1:53; 10k first man – Turlough Conway in a time of 44.29; and 10k first lady – Kim Turner in a time of 53.24.
Former Olympian boxer Kenneth Egan was among the participants and finished the 21k route in a time of 2:03.
He said it was important for everyone to sign up and get out and support the work of DEBRA Ireland.
It was Rachel Keane's first half-marathon and she finished in an amazing time of 2:28.
"It was a very tough run. I felt a bit like a mountain goat and a grasshopper. There was more mud than I thought but it was great to finish it in the time that I did," she said.
Next on Rachel's list is the Connemara Half-Marathon in April.