Monday 26 January 2015

O'Sullivan takes crown in Kingdom adventure

John Horgan runs past the iconic 'Molly's Cottage' in the Black Valley, Co Kerry. Four hundred competitors competed in the Killarney Adventure Race last weekend. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

About 400 competitors competed in the Killarney Adventure Race – part of the St Patrick's weekend racing festival – on Sunday morning.

Competitors left the town, cycling through the most scenic ancient paths of Killarney National Park; through the Famous Black Valley, where they ran a section of The Kerry Way; along Cummenduff Glen; and up onto MacGillycuddy's Reeks to Curraghmore Lake.

They then turned back to complete the trail run transition at Casey's Farm, before a final bike ride to the Eagle's Nest, where the adventurers kayaked the Long Range River before heading back to the finish line at the Gleneagle Hotel.

A 52k challenge of strength and great fun.

It was Kerry's own Jerry O'Sullivan who powered through to win the race in an incredible time of 2:44.45.

Not to be outdone, two minutes behind elite athlete Jerry was Kevin Murphy in an incredible time of 2:46.30, and he was followed in third place by Aidan O'Gorman, on 2:47.56.

First woman home was Siobhan Dineen in a time of 3:12.52. She was followed by Claire O'Donovan (3:13.40) and Helen O'Leary (3:13.44)

Race organiser Oliver Kirwan, from Elite Event Management, said: "Without the support of the residents in the Black Valley, Killarney National Park, the Gleneagle Hotel and all the team the event would not be such a success.

"The atmosphere, and perfect weather conditions for the athletes and hard-working organisers added to the great success of the day. I'm really looking forward to another great day of adventure on October 4."

Irish Independent

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