TWO Killarney men were in the top five following the annual 200km Kerry Way Ultra Marathon. A daunting 40-hour, 200km, nonstop ultra marathon, it began at the official starting point at Randles Garage Killarney at 6am on September 1.
The gruelling endurance race traverses the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks and Iveragh Peninsula, stretching along the Wild Atlantic Way, along ancient trails and old roads and coastal cliffs.
Race director Eileen Daly saw off the 70 elite runners at dawn. Breaking all known records since the races inception was Barry Hartnett from Kilshane, Tipperary, who ran the race in an incredible time of 22 hours and 36 minutes, knocking over two hours of the previous records. Second home was Killarney native Sean Clifford from Woodlawn in another blistering time of 27 hours and 18 minutes. The first woman home was another record breaker, Carol Morgan, who also finished fourth overall in a time of 27 hours and 58 minutes. Barry Mullins from Cork was third in a time of 27 hours and 33 minutes. Another Killarney man Kevin Leahy, finished fifth in 28 hours and 52 minutes.
Above: Kevin Leahy from Killarney, at Termons, Waterville. Pic: Valerie O’Sullivan