Take a look at this stunning set of images from Valerie O’Sullivan from this years The Kerry Way Ultra Marathon.
The Kerry Way Ultra Marathon is one of the toughest races on the Irish Ultra calendar; a 40 hour, 200km, non-stop Ultra Marathon which traverses the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks and the Iveragh Peninsula.
This year, 70 elite runners took to the start line at dawn to tough it out in the rugged wilderness of Kerry. Barry Hartnett from Tipperary took the win, completing the course in an incredible time of 22 hours and 36 minutes, knocking over two hours off the previous record.
Killarney’s Sean Clifford followed him in second place with a time of 27 hours and 18 minutes. Carol Morgan was the first woman home, finishing fourth overall in a time of 27 hours and 58 minutes.
Valerie O’Sullivan was there to capture it all, check out the gallery of her images below:
David Lynch from Killarney, dealing with rain.
Duncan Barrett descending the hills
Between the mountains and the deep blue sea…Kevin Leahy, coming up to sunset, at Teermole, Waterville.
Juraj Karcak on a steep descent
AIden Sheridan, Katarzyna Skowron and John McManus, reaching the highest point of The Kerry Way Ultra Marathon.
Suzanna Bon, who was second woman home.
Rex Brillantes hits the sunset at Termons, Watervile.
Rex Brillantes, at the summit of a climb at Termons, Waterville.
Suzanna Bon, at Termons, Waterville.
Record Breaker Barry Hartnett, right who won the Kerry Way Ultra Marathon, running with Brian Mullins who came third.
Code Red..Danny Lane.
Pat Rodgers from Killarney.
Martin Hennessy making progress over Kerry’s tough terrain
Tom Reynolds, at Termons, Waterville.
Ray Lawlor during The Kerry Way Ultra
Carol Morgan, Overall Fourth and First Woman home.
Martin Hennessy as the sun is setting.
Carsten Jacobsen loving the rain.
Sean Clifford, Killarney, at Termon, Waterville.
Paul Daly climbing fences.
Terrence O’Connor taking on the climb.
Kevin Leahy racing in paradise
Suzanna Bon, hits the sunset at Termons, Waterville.
Tom Foley loving life!