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Gallery: Nowhere better to run . . .

Published 11/09/2013 | 05:36

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And they're off! The 2013 Kerryman Dingle Marathon gets underway. Photo by Marian O'Flaherty
Dingle's Michelle Kennedy (second from left) hits the road for the half marathon finish line in Dún Chaoin during the Kerryman Dingle Marathon last Saturday. Photo by Marian O'Flaherty
Liam Óg Higgins, the son of the late broadcaster and Kerry footballer Liam Higgins, is interviewed by MC Risteard MacLiam upon completing the 2013 Kerryman Dingle Marathon last Saturday. Photo by Marian O'Flaherty

WHAT a beautiful place, what a great race!

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They're calling it the most spectacular marathon route in the country, if not the world, and 2,000+ runners voted with their feet last Saturday for the Kerryman Dingle Marathon 2013.

Most ran the half-marathon, which ended at the most westerly pub in Europe, Kruger's. The big one was the full marathon while a goodly number took on the gruelling 50-mile 'ultra' route.

Possibly the only Corkman to win last weekend, Eoin Brosnan, made it back to back wins, taking The Kerryman Dingle Marathon title this year and last.

However, the biggest winner on the day was ultra-marathon runner Kevin McLoughlin, who came from Cheshire in the UK. At Slea Head, mile 31, he paused, literally on a cliff-edge, to get down on one knee before his girlfriend and No1 fan, Ann ... and her 'yes' gave him an extra pep in his step for the remaining 29 miles.

But Kerry mayor Seamus Cosaí Fitzgerald insisted that Dingle itself was the real winner, having drawn thousands of people to the town yet again for this year's race.

He said: "Everyone leaves with a good impression of West Kerry and of its people; it shows us at our best."


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