Stage 1: The First 8k run for competitor’s starts at Kate Kearney’s cottage at the base of the Mc Ggillycuddy Reeks taking in the steep tracks and trials of the wonderful stricken mountain.
Stage 2: Returning back to Kate Karneys to the bike transition, competitors head through the hilly Gap of Dunloe, encountering steep fast sharp corners as you negotiate your way through this challenging and very hilly 35km section.
Stage 3: 1.5km kayak circular route was unfortunately shortened to 800 meters due to misty conditions earlier that morning.
Stage 4: for the 57k competitors was to ascend up Torc waterfall and the old Kenmare road to the base of Torch mountain. From here a mountain track and railway sleepers lead you to the summit of Torc mountain where you could over look the stunning views of what Killarney is all about. For the competitors doing the long and gruelling 67km distance the extra 10k run leads them to the Devils Punchbowl 50 metres from the top of Mangerton Mountain.
The final stage of the day returning to the bike transition, takes you through the tranquil oakwood surrounds of the muckross House finish line.
A number of athletes from the Tipperary Wheelers participated in both the 57 and 67k distances. Huge congratulations must be
given to Phyllis Richardson, Nora and James Cunningham, Maurice Crowe, Jimmy Beston, and Martina Byrnes, who have never done such an event before, and all finished it. Well done to Paddy O Callahan, Richie English, and Tony Delaney “the tuff guys” of the club who took on the long challenging 67k distance.
First home for the club in a fantastic 7th place was Tommy Byrnes in a time of 3hr 52mins, shortly followed in 18th by Jimmy Beston in 4hr 12mins. Next up Martina Byrnes in 109 position in 4hrs 54mins, Dave Dineen160th 5hrs 10mins, Maurice Crowe 5hr 18mins 186th, James Cunningham 234th 5hrs 42mins, Nora Cunningham 303th 6hrs 20mins, and Phyllis Richardson
321th 7hrs 13mins.
First home in the longer 67k route was the ever green Tony Delaney in 164th with a time of 5hrs 44 mins which is 20 minutes better than his last years performance. (Who says you slow down with age!). On his second adventure race Richie English crossed the finish line in 274th position with a time of 7hrs 2 mins. Last but not least Paddy O Callahan who on the last 2k literally from the finish line, had to withdraw from the event to an injury he sustained earlier in the day. Great credit must be given to the three lads as they came off the back of the gaelforce six week previous.
It’s fantastic to see how well the club has done in 2012 and how diverse it has become since it has started 3 years ago. Well done to everyone and roll on Killarney 2013.