MARK Hanrahan (Leevale) and Laura Crowe (An Riocht) were both impressive winners of the annual Farranfore 4-mile road race on St. Stephen's Day.
The 250 competitors who went to the start faced a strong headwind for the first two miles as they headed towards Firies village, before doing a loop there and back to Farranfore for the finish. Hanrahan pushed the pace at the front from the start and won in a time of 21.41 from Jason Fahy (BMOH) and Aogán Mac Domhnaill (West Limerick). Cian Murphy was the first Kerry athlete in 4th position.
Laura Crowe continued her recent good form with a very impressive win in a time of 23.24 from Leevales Michelle Finn and Maria McCarthy of the host club.
Category winners included John Barrett O-45, Robert Purcell O-40, Tim O'Connor O-35, Stephen O Mahony O-50, Con O'Brien O-60, Aoife O'Connor 0-35, Catriona Barry O-40, Carmel Nic Domnaill O-50, Dara Browne u-17 Robert Purcell jnr. Junior and Emer Lenihan u-17.
Well done to Farranfore / Maine Valley AC on a well organised event.
On Sunday next the indoor season kicks off in Nenagh with the Munster Junior, Senior and Masters.