The Kerryman (Tralee Edition) - - NEWS - By FER­GUS DENNEHY

TWO run­ners on a 2,000-mile round trip along the Ir­ish coast­line have re­served spe­cial praise for the peo­ple and scenery of the King­dom.

Si­mon Clark from Birm­ing­ham and Rachel Win­ter from Perth set off on their trip on Au­gust 7 and are cur­rently about 1,000 miles into their run all around Ire­land. They have spent the last few weeks en­joy­ing all the beauty that Kerry has to of­fer.

Car­ry­ing only the clothes on their back and only a few sup­plies in their ruck­sacks, the pair stopped of at The Ker­ry­man of­fices on Thurs­day, where they spoke to us about their favourite mo­ments from their trip around the county.

“One of my favourite bits was the Skel­lig Choco­late Fac­tory. A whole counter of choco­late, and they chopped up about 40 dif­fer­ent types – and then you get to taste them. You must go there!” Rachel laughed.

“They were re­ally kind to us there, which was lovely. All the scenery that we have seen here has been amaz­ing.

“The Skel­ligs are just mag­netic when you look at them, we’ll def­i­nitely be back to see them next year,” she said.

From prais­ing their moon­lit walks on Der­ry­nane beach to travers­ing the ma­jes­tic Iver­agh Penin­sula, Si­mon and Rachel said that their time in the King­dom will live long in the mem­ory.

The pair are un­der­tak­ing this epic chal­lenge to help raise funds for their cho­sen char­ity of Ecolo­gia Youth Trust, a char- ity that works with vul­ner­a­ble young­sters fac­ing their own tough chal­lenges in Kenya, Uganda, Rus­sia, and Scot­land.

So far, over £1,160 out of their £10,000 goal has been raised; any­one look­ing to do­nate to their char­ity can do so through the link on ‘The Ker­ry­man’ Face­book page.

Also, any­one who wishes to help Si­mon and Rachel out on their run by of­fer­ing a place to sleep or sup­plies can ei­ther text or call Si­mon at 07737762313.

Photo by Fer­gus Dennehy.

Run­ners Si­mon Clark and Rachel Win­ter pic­tured out­side The Ker­ry­man of­fices on Denny Street as they passed through Tralee on their 2,000mile round run around the Ir­ish coast.

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