The hugely successful inaugural Tralee International Marathon last Saturday dominated the local athletics scene where over 1,200 runners competed in the full 26.2-mile marathon or the 13.1-mile half marathon.
Incorporated into the event was the Kerry Marathon and Half Marathon championships with a huge turnout from registered athletes across the county. In the full marathon Simon Mangan from Gneeveguilla AC took the coveted gold medal with Joe O'Connor and Pat Dunworth both from Riocht AC winning silver and bronze.
The first Kerry female runner over the line was Nora Barry from Listowel in a time of 3:18.24 with Alison Kirwan from Star of the Laune in second place. Third across the line was Grace Creedon from Tralee Harriers.
Onto the half marathon which saw Donal O'Callaghan from Riocht AC taking gold in 1.14.19 ahead of Robert Purcell from Gneeveguilla in second place and Billy O'Brien from Riocht AC in third place. Maria McCarthy from Farranfore/Maine Valley won the ladies half marathon in 1.23.53 with AnnaMaria Costelloe from Gneeveguilla in second place and Tracy Murphy from Star of the Laune in third.
Outside of the top three overall results there were many fine performances from Kerry athletes. Star of the Laune runner Thomas Bubendorfer was 9th overall, taking the mens over-40 title and club mate Tim McCarthy won the O-55 title.
Elsewhere, the Juvenile Development Sports will take place in the Listowel Community Centre on Saturday March 23, starting at 11am. Any athlete that did not win a medal in the 2012 County Championships is elligible to compete.
Events will cater for U-9 to U-14 girls and boys. U-9 and U-10 - sprint, speed bounce, relay. U11 to U14 - sprint, standing long jump, shot, relay. Entry is €4 per head or 10 for a family of 3 and €12 for a family of 4.