0ver 400 runners shine at stunning Brandon Bay run

Niamh Cullinane and Cathy Barry pictured enjoying the sun at the Brandon Bay Half Marathon and 10k Run on Sunday morning
Niamh Cullinane and Cathy Barry pictured enjoying the sun at the Brandon Bay Half Marathon and 10k Run on Sunday morning
Kerry natives Josephine O' Shea, Catherine Conroy, Joan Glover, Gemma O' Shea, George Glover and Ann O' Leary getting set for the Brandon Bay 10km run on Sunday morning. Photo by Fergus Dennehy
Orange you glad to see us: Cathy Bowe, Mark Dineen, Ed Dunphy, Paul Forrest, Kathleen Prendergast, Julie Buckley and Mary Collins at the Brandon Bay Half Marathon and 10k. Photo by Fergus Dennehy
John, Tadhg and John Joe O' Connor from The Maharees at the Brandon Bay Half Marathon and 10k run on Sunday morning
Runners in the Brandon Bay Half Marathon/10k run pictured enjoying the fantyastic scenery along Fahamore Beach on Saturday morning. Photo by Tim Smith Visuals
Not showing the strain at all; a runner strikes a pose for the camera at the Brandon Bay Half Marathon/10k on Saturday morning. Photo by Tim Smith Visuals
Enjoying the scenery on Saturday morning at the Brandon Bay Half Marathon/10k run. Photo by Tim Smith Visuals

Fergus Dennehy

Brandon Bay's Half Marathon and 10km has been hailed as a huge success again this year after over 400 runners took part in the all-beach run early on Saturday morning.

The starting and finishing point for what is Ireland's only all-beach run was Fahamore Beach in the Maharees and it was a sight for sore eyes on Saturday morning as the day of the run started without its usual yearly threat of run, much to the delight of runners and organisers.

The positivity and excitement of the day was palpable as you walked onto the beach - the music was hopping and the the sun was splitting the stones as runners, volunteers and organisers hurried this way and that, putting the finishing touches to the scenic run.

An event that was open to walkers and joggers as well as competitive runners, there was a something for everyone to enjoy on the day

In the mens section of the half-marathon, first place went to Shane Gallagher who powered home in 1:24:38 while second place and third place went to Roy Gilb and Derek Hunter in times of 1:25:29 and 1:26:19 respectively.

On the women's side, serial winner Rachel Stokes was first home in a time of 1:35:53 while Lisa Crowley and Babette Brookelaar took home second and third place in 1:46:29 and 1:46:58.

In the 10k run, Arthur Fitzgerald was the first man home in 37:44 while Conor Shannon and Scott Glib were second and third in 41:48 and 43:28.

On the women's side of the 10k, Audrey Gahan was the first lady home in a time of 45:07 with Ciara Lanigan and Sarah Carmody taking home the prize for second and third in 48:04 and 48:43.

An event organised by Castlegregory Celtic Fc and the Castlegregory Community Council. all proceeds raised from the day will go towards a number of community projects and nominated charities in the local area.

Kerryman

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