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In pictures: Tom Kelly remembered in Ardfert as 8k run held in his name

Almost 200 people crossed the finish line of the Tom Kelly 8km run at Ardfert NS on Sunday morning as the late stalwart of St Brendan's Athletic Club was honoured.

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Andy Conway, Liam Lawlor, Sheila King, Anthony Donnelly and Noel Lawlor ready for road at the Tom Kelly 8km run in Ardfert on Sunday morning. All photos by Domnick Walsh.

Andy Conway, Liam Lawlor, Sheila King, Anthony Donnelly and Noel Lawlor ready for road at the Tom Kelly 8km run in Ardfert on Sunday morning. All photos by Domnick Walsh.

Cream of the crop: Derek Griffin and Denis Hegerty pictured before the start of the Tom Kelly 8km in Ardfert on Sunday morning. Derek would go on to finish in second place overall with Denis just pipping him to the finish line to take home first place.

Cream of the crop: Derek Griffin and Denis Hegerty pictured before the start of the Tom Kelly 8km in Ardfert on Sunday morning. Derek would go on to finish in second place overall with Denis just pipping him to the finish line to take home first place.

Gerald and Diarmuid Carroll looking relaxed in Ardfert on Sunday morning before Gerald headed off to tackle the inaugural Tom Kelly 8km run.

Gerald and Diarmuid Carroll looking relaxed in Ardfert on Sunday morning before Gerald headed off to tackle the inaugural Tom Kelly 8km run.

James Lee and John Culloty ready for action on Sunday ahead of the Tom Kelly 8km run in Ardfert.

James Lee and John Culloty ready for action on Sunday ahead of the Tom Kelly 8km run in Ardfert.

Anna Foley and Patricia Corbett from Killorglin out early on Sunday morning to enjoy the Tom Kelly 8km run in Ardfert.

Anna Foley and Patricia Corbett from Killorglin out early on Sunday morning to enjoy the Tom Kelly 8km run in Ardfert.

Molly Coffey pictured ahead of the start of the Tom Kelly 8km run in Ardfert on Sunday.

Molly Coffey pictured ahead of the start of the Tom Kelly 8km run in Ardfert on Sunday.

Muireann Deane, Eoin Guerin, Julie Deane and Alannah Deane were up and about early on Sunday for the Tom Kelly 8km run.

Muireann Deane, Eoin Guerin, Julie Deane and Alannah Deane were up and about early on Sunday for the Tom Kelly 8km run.

Peter McGovern pictured before the start of the Tom Kelly 8km run in Ardfert in Sunday.

Peter McGovern pictured before the start of the Tom Kelly 8km run in Ardfert in Sunday.

The late Tom Kelly, a stalwart of the St Brendan's Athletic Club, who was remembered at an 8km run in his name in Ardfert on Sunday morning.

The late Tom Kelly, a stalwart of the St Brendan's Athletic Club, who was remembered at an 8km run in his name in Ardfert on Sunday morning.

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Andy Conway, Liam Lawlor, Sheila King, Anthony Donnelly and Noel Lawlor ready for road at the Tom Kelly 8km run in Ardfert on Sunday morning. All photos by Domnick Walsh.

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The late, great Tom Kelly – one of the founding members of St Brendan’s Athletic Club (AC) – was remembered in Ardfert on Sunday morning as close to 200 runners and walkers took part in an 8km event named in Tom’s honour.

Tom, who passed away in 2020, was a stalwart of the club and is still sorely missed by his family, friends and all those involved with the club he helped set up back in 1987.

Organisers simply could not have asked for a better morning to hold their inaugural event with the weather falling into that perfect Goldilocks weather zone of no breeze, not too hot, not too cold and mercifully, no rain as runners and walkers enjoyed a lovely loop around the Tubrid townland.

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PRO for St Brendan’s AC, David Kissane, told The Kerryman on Monday morning that both the club and the Kelly family thought that the day was a fantastic success.

"We’re very happy. When you’re starting off a new race, you never know who’s going to actually turn up but we probably had it on our side that it was January and people are into their fitness and so forth so I think we were lucky that we hit that at the right time,” said David.

"We got great support too from the Kelly family themselves, they all rowed in behind the event to give it their full backing. The family sponsored the two cups that we presented to the winners on the day too and another one of the Kelly’s who is in business, Francis Kelly PVC, actually sponsored the trophy too so it was great to see,” David continued.

Denis Hegarty, as the first man across the finish line, was the recipient of one of these trophies, winning in a time of 25:55 while on the female side of things, Ciara Tierney was the first female finisher in 33:11.

Finally, David – who said he hopes to have the event back for a second year in 2023 – said that big thanks must go to all those in the the club community who were out in force to help out with the many volunteer roles on the day such as stewarding along the route and that ensured the day went smoothly.


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