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3000 enjoy plastic free Killarney event

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BIODEGRADABLE: Single-use bottles were replaced with compostable cups for water at the various water stations along the routes and at the finish line.

By Sean Moriarty

A plastic bottle-free event proved a huge success at the recent Gleneagle Hotel Run Killarney.

Single-use bottles were replaced with compostable cups for water at the various water stations along the routes and at the finish line.

More than 3000 runners took part in either the half-marathon or 10k, with the longest sections featuring a run from Moll’s Gap to the Gleneagle Hotel via the National Park.

“Of particular significance this year was the launch of our plastic bottle-free initiative,” Race Director, Oliver Kirwan, said. “We are always working towards making our events as green as possible.”

In the half-marathon, Cork dominated the field, the first male was Alan O’Brien from Eagle AC in Cork, coming in at a time of 1hr 09mins 13 seconds. In 2nd place was Michael Morgan, St Finbarr’s AC, Cork (1hr 10mins 44 sec) and 3rd place went to Vivian Foley also from Eagle AC, Cork (1hr 11mins 05 sec). The first female home in the half marathon was Teresa Murphy from Kent, UK, coming home in 1hr 22mins 46 sec followed by Helen Healy from Raheny in Dublin in 1 hr 24min 20 sec and in third place, Claire O’Brien from Watergrasshill AC, Cork, in 1hr 24mins 46 sec.

The 10k race got underway from the Gleneagle Hotel at 9.15am. First across the line in the 10K was Kieran McKeown, Watergrasshill AC, Cork, 33 mins 28sec, first female to come in was Kerry native Mary Daly at 38 mins 01 sec. Other category wins in the 10k included Ger Daly who won the overall male wheelchair category in a time of 01hr 22min 02 sec and Ross Gallagher in the visually impaired category in 1hr 01 min 52 secs.

“What an amazing day we had at Run Killarney, next year will be our 10thyear and it’s fantastic to see this event is still so popular with local people and visitors alike. We are privileged to be able to run this event in such a spectacular setting. Well done to everyone who took part in the event, whether they broke their PB or walked at a leisurely pace.”

 

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Family to run in memory of the late Linda Eviston

By Sean Moriarty The family of a much-loved Killarney woman who passed away from cancer almost a year ago plan to run a marathon past her favourite local landmarks in her memory. Linda Eviston died on October 10 last after a long battle with cancer. Her husband Patrick and son Erik, with the support of […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The family of a much-loved Killarney woman who passed away from cancer almost a year ago plan to run a marathon past her favourite local landmarks in her memory.

Linda Eviston died on October 10 last after a long battle with cancer.

Her husband Patrick and son Erik, with the support of her daughter Alannah, will run a 42.2km course, on the day before her anniversary to raise funds for the Irish Cancer Society.

The route will be based on landmarks that were an important part of Linda’s life. Starting from the family home in Dromkerry, before heading for the town centre and passing the Eviston House Hotel, Linda’s grandmother’s home at Park Road, Linda’s childhood home and national school in Glenflesk, Loreto where Linda attended secondary school, back to Killarney and finishing at Linda’s pride and joy – Brook Lodge Hotel.

“It is tough but we wanted to do something in Linda’s memory and help other people who might find themselves in similar circumstances,” Pat told the Killarney Advertiser. “We originally hoped to do the Dublin City Marathon but that got cancelled. This route is much better, but much tougher as it’s more hilly.”

All proceeds will be donated to the Irish Cancer Society and donations can be made via: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/inhonouroflinda.

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Women bravely bare all for Kerry’s first ‘Dip in the Nip’

By Michelle Crean  It really was girl power at its finest – as 170 women of all ages braved the elements on Sunday to bare all for charity at the weekend. Shore Acre in Camp was the location which was only revealed to the participants for Kerry’s first ever ‘Dip in the Nip’. And amongst […]

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By Michelle Crean
 

It really was girl power at its finest – as 170 women of all ages braved the elements on Sunday to bare all for charity at the weekend.

Shore Acre in Camp was the location which was only revealed to the participants for Kerry’s first ever ‘Dip in the Nip’. And amongst the all female grouping were some Killarney ladies who joined in the empowering adventure for what was described as “a special and unforgettable morning” all in aid of Recovery Haven Kerry.

According to Marisa Reidy from Recovery Haven, the women were of all ages and all walks of life who came together for so many personal reasons.

“Some were still on their own cancer journey, some were celebrating coming out the other side and of course, many were there to honour friends and loved ones who they had lost to cancer, but we were all equal on the day – flaws and all,” Marisa, who also took part in the event, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It was a truly uplifting and exhilarating experience and we are so, so grateful to each and every lady who joined us for a morning we will never forget. One woman described it as ‘companionship among strangers’ and that really sums it up perfectly. It was emotional, there were some tears, but lots of laughter and we couldn’t have asked for anything more. When the ladies hit the water, they all formed a circle and held hands in a gesture that was totally unplanned – it just happened organically and it was quite overwhelming.”

She added that a very special mention has to be made to Michaela and John Edwards and their team from Wild Water Adventures for their support and expertise in ensuring no stone was left unturned in making it a fabulous, safe event.

“It was an all-female team from beginning to end, from our own volunteers, stewards, registration, Gardai, teas and coffees, lifeguards, sea rescue – girl power at its finest! Now all that’s left to do is start planning for 2022!”

Donations are still being taken via the link on the Recovery Haven Kerry Facebook page.

“So far we are close on €9,000 which is just fabulous.”

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