Tuesday 23 September 2014

Hundreds head for Ballyheigue

Donal Nolan

Published 19/06/2013 | 05:36

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Tina Griffin, Siobhan Dowling, Theresa Grimes, David and Mary Toomey at the Half On The Head Marathon and 10k run in Ballyheigue on Sunday.

BALLYHEIGUE consolidated its growing reputation as one of the best running spots in the county in hosting the second year of its Half on the Head marathon.

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130 took part in its inaugural year in 2012, but this year saw up to 250 registering with runners from as far away as Colorado making the trip especially!

"We were delighted with it, despite the weather!" organiser Mick Harkin said. "We even had two groups from the US come over especially, they are groups of people who organise their holidays around running events each year and we also had competitors from the UK, Germany, Poland and Italy so there was a great international flair."

The Half on the Head took runners on a 13-mile half marathon from the beach down the village up by the parish church, Bouleenshere and around the ten miles of the magnificent Kerry Head. "The feedback was fantastic, a lot of people who had never been here before couldn't get over the scenery and it is certainly doing what it was set up to do - promote Ballyheigue."

It catered for a wider range of abilities this year as well thanks to a 10km run held in tandem with it. "It meant that it was great for spectators as people were coming in steadily over a long period and it brought a great crowd home to Ballyheigue as well for the weekend, helping us celebrate The Gathering!"

The parish is next looking forward to its annual Ballyheigue Summer Fest starting on July 5.


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