1,000 take part in Roses' 10k
ALMOST 1,000 competitors took part in the Rose of Tralee International 10k Road Race through the streets of Tralee on Sunday morning.
Athletes from all over the world, including many members of the various international Rose centres, lined up for the event which forms part of the Tralee International Marathon Series.
Event organiser Marcus Howlett said he was delighted with the huge turnout and said there are now plans to develop the annual race, which is now in its second year, into a significant addition on the international road race calendar.
The route took athletes from the starting point at the Tralee Wetlands Centre, through the streets of the town to the finish line in Denny Street where hundreds of supporters lined the street to welcome the athletes home.
The winner of the Men's event was Mark Hanrahan from Cork clocking 31 minutes and 28 seconds. The Corkman said he was happy with the race conditions and delighted with his win.
First home in the Women's race was another Cork native Michelle Finn from Kanturk in a time of 37 minutes and 49 seconds who said she was was pleased with the run but admitted that she generally prefers slightly shorter distances than 10k.