Perfect conditions for 2018 Lakes of Killarney Marathon
YOU’LL rarely find a more scenic Marathon than one that can boast Killarney National Park as its backdrop – but for Derek Griffin, Rachel Stokes, Damien Foley, and Susanne Foley, there was no way the scenery would distract them from their tasks in this year’s Lakes of Killarney full and half marathons.
The route along Lough Lein took in a bounty of attractions and, therefore, it’s little wonder such a course was able to attract a large field of athletes. The event was organised by Alan Ryan of Hardman Events, who was thankful for the day’s fine weather.
Derek Griffin had over 20 minutes to spare on second-placed Aidan Hogan in the Men’s Marathon as he completed the course in two hours and a touch over 45 minutes. Rachel Stokes had a similarly impressive time in the women’s equivalent, finishing the route in three hours, 16 minutes, and 16 seconds.
Damien and Susanne Foley won their respective half-marathons, but there was no shortage of stories away from the winners’ circle to keep viewers interested. Killorglin’s Thomas Bubendorfer notched up his 100th Marathon, while Cork wheelchair athlete Jerry Forde added to his collection.
“I am truly grateful to the National Park and Wildlife Services for use of Killarney National Park for this race,” Alan Ryan said afterwards. Also to the many volunteers, stewards, pacers, and of course the 300 athletes who encouraged each other along every mile of the looped course.”
Killarney National Park was a picture-perfect backdrop for this year’s Lakes of Killarney Marathon and Half Marathon, running along the spectacular Lough Lein, Ross Castle, ancient cooper mines, and this year’s crop of wild garlic and bluebells.
Tom Shanahan, 3rd place; Hardman Race Director Alan Ryan; Derek Griffin, winner; and Aidan Hogan 2nd place with, in this year’s Lakes of Killarney Marathon and Half Marathon.
Winners alright…A great day for Kerry, Derek Griffin and Rachel Stokes, winners of this year’s Lakes of Killarney Marathons.