Runners enjoy a wet and wild day at Banna!
Most runners will agree that there is something oddly satisfying and freeing about running in the very worst weather conditions and so if this old adage is to believed, then there must have been some very happy campers at Banna Beach on Sunday morning, such was the volume of wind and rain.
Organised by St Brendan's Athletics Club in Ardfert, the Banna 10k road race and 5k fun run is an event that has grown in popularity year on year and 2017 proved no different with over 200 runners and walkers taking part, including RTÉ's very own Ray D'Arcy. The route saw runners - including this writer - heading off from just outside the camping sites near the beach, past the Roger Casement memorial, into Ardfert village, past the Church, before taking a left and continuing down out the Ballyheigue Road before heading back to Banna and the finish line at the beach.
The top three positions in the 10k run were filled by well known names on the local running circuit, with Niall Shanahan coming home in first place on a time of 31:48 while Tralee Harriers' Derek Griffin and An Ríocht's Tommy O'Brien finished in second and third place respectively, clocking times of 32:50 and 34:57. In the 5k run, the top three runners were Tralee Harriers' own Oisín Spillane who finished on the hugely impressive time of 16:53, while second and third places went to Diarmuid O'Connor and An Riocht's Tim Long who came home in 17:01 and 17:09.
"We'd like to thank Banna Sea Rescue for the use of their facilities, the Fit 4 Life group who provided refreshments and the stewards and volunteers on route," said organisers.