Competitors battle against wild conditions

Kevin Hughes

RUNNERS faced into the howling wind and driving rain on Saturday morning as Gneeveguilla AC staged its second of four 5k Winter Series races in Killarney National Park.

Almost 130 runners took to the cycle/walk path that hugs the Demesne, racing out to the Castlerosse Hotel and returning along the same route.

"The wind was wild, it was turning things upside down but at least it eased up for the latter stages. It certainly made for an interesting race," Gneeveguilla AC Secretary Tom Joe O'Donoghue said afterwards.

Record time for the course is under 16 minutes but the elements certainly didn't help with the times on Saturday.

First man home was Duhallow AC's Donal Mannix in a still impressive time of 16m 37s, while first woman was Marie McCarthy of Farranfore/Maine Valley.

Joining the Gneeveguillla athletes were representatives from clubs across Kerry including An Riocht, Kenmare and Star of the Laune, while there was strong representation too from the Cork based clubs including Leevale, St Finbarr's and Eagle AC.

Remaining races will be staged on Saturday, February 1, at 11am, and again on February 22, also at 11am. Entry is €5 and is open to anyone.


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