Runners enjoy wonderful Ballyheigue battle

Ben O’Connor from Ballyheigue pictured here with his father Tom Brendan, about to take part part in the Ballyheigue Family Resource 6k run on Sunday.
Ben O’Connor from Ballyheigue pictured here with his father Tom Brendan, about to take part part in the Ballyheigue Family Resource 6k run on Sunday.
Runners set off on the Ballyheigue Family Resource Centre 10km and 5km fun run on Sunday morning.
Garda Mark Cushen who congratulated runners John McCann, Daniel Breen and Mick Harkin after they ran the 10km run in the Ballyheigue Family Resource Centre run on Sunday.

Fergus Dennehy

Ballyheigue was a hive of activity on Sunday morning as runners from all over the county descended on the scenic north Kerry town for what is now a well-established tradition.

Now into its seventh year, the ever-popular Ballyheigue Family Resource Centre fun run has attracted hundreds of great runners over the years, and this year was no different with 125 hardy souls braving the elements.

"It went very well. We had over 130 runners on the day which we were very happy with considering the weather," said Seamus Falvey.

"All the money raised on the day goes towards fundraising for the play therapy centre we have here in the centre.

"We reckon that we have raised close to €755 in total, which we are absolutely delighted about. "It was just a wonderful event in testing conditions and we are delighted that all proceeds will go towards the resource centre's play therapy and counselling services."

The day itself was dominated by some great running performances, with James Daly and Jackie O'Carroll triumphing in the 6km run while Stephen Moore and Marie Healy won their categories in the 10km run.

Seamus went on to say that this event could not be possible without the wonderful support of the local community and volunteers who helped out on the day. With another successful year done and dusted, the countdown begins anew for 2019.

Kerryman

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