YET another event has succeeded in drawing people from all over the country to test their mettle against the challenging west Kerry terrain.
The Dingle Duathlon was bang on its target of 100 or so participants in its first year, according to organiser Brian Galvin. Extremely happy with how everything went, he received more than enough positive feedback on Sunday to begin the preparations for year two of the event.
"It went very well, I have to say and I'm extremely pleased with it," Brian told The Kerryman. "The weather was perfect and the Slea Head 40-km cycle proved a really classic contest.
The duathlon began with a 5km run from the town's marina, pushing athletes hard from the outset as they climbed up towards the old hospital and back around the town. It was straight onto the bikes then for the loop around Slea Head, as scenically dramatic a cycling route as it is possible to get in the country. After the cycle, competitors then had to run out the Ballyferriter road, before turning back into town.
"We'll definitely be doing it again next year. We have a lot of events in West Kerry now but the scenery and everything else keeps them coming, thank God!" said Brian.