Sun shines on Achill for marathon of fun and sport
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“I think it’s fantastic that the community in Achill, led by Achill Tourism, have got together with the Athletics Association of Ireland and with all the other agencies and groups to make this happen. I am a great believer that there’s great power in our people and you can see it when you come to places like this: the way that people are mobilised together to make something happen.
“It’s the centrepiece of a whole weekend of fun, and in addition to that it’s contributing significantly to the local economy, said the Kiltimagh native, who officially started the race just after 11am.
Conditions were perfect for the sixth staging of the Achill HalfMarathon, with a gentle breeze, a smattering of sunshine and a carnival atmosphere in the air. There was good running too, none better than that of the winner, James Doran from the Rocht club in Castleisland, Co Kerry, who came home in a time of 1.14:06. The firsttimer in Achill set the early pace and new hypervenom boots head for Killarney for the Munster Final clash between Cork and Kerry. “I’ve got my priorities right, he said.
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“We’re delighted with the way the event went, said Race Director Helen Applegarth. “It was fantastic, but it would not have been possible without the huge volume of work put in by my own colleagues in the Achill Tourism office over the past few weeks and also by the 300 or so local volunteers who helped out on the day with everything from marshalling to giving out water at the designated water stations, and from driving around the course ensuring everyone was OK to picking up rubbish and packing everything away at the end. We are so grateful nike mercurial superfly fg pro to them all, and to the Garda and the Civil Defence, who also assisted in the smooth running of whole event, nike mercurial superfly fg pro.