The Kerry 50K ultramarathon, which took place in Tralee on Saturday afternoon, was hailed a huge success by organizer Jim McNeice this week as 57 runners crossed the finish line on what was a sweltering day to run any distance, and a lot less. 50km!
This was the second year in a row that the event has been back in operation since COVID and the appetite and support, not only among the runners but also the local community, for what is always a very popular event was evident from seeing Jim singing everyone’s songs praises when he spoke with the kerryman on Monday afternoon.
“It couldn’t have gone better. Everything was perfect and went very well. There was a great team of people there and everyone did their job. The main thing is the people who came down, the runners who participated, they were all lovely people and had a great time. Everyone was helping each other, which is something you see in Ultras. There was no big competition and the runners were happy to help each other out on the course. and it was great,” he said.
“Another thing that I also saw that day was a couple of residents who lived on the route, they had tables outside their doors with things like jellies and water for the runners, which shows that we had great support from the local community and that’s what he did. When you talk to people about an event they put on, they’ll say it was a huge success, but I can say our event was really brilliant. Everybody had a good time, the feedback that’s been received is great, so we’re really happy ”, he continued.
“Last year we had 29 people at this event, this year we have 57, which for an Ultra event are absolutely great numbers. We’ve gone from 29 to 57, which is great news for us.”
Tim Francony was first home on the day with a time of 03:38:40 and was followed in second and third by Jason Nichol (03:42:11) and Jerome Debize (03:46:35).
See the full results here.