VIDEO/PHOTOS: Marathon Day In Tralee Is Another Great Success

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Claire Leane at the marathon finishing line on Saturday afternoon. Photo by Dermot Crean

Claire Leane at the marathon finishing line on Saturday afternoon. Photo by Dermot Crean

IT was a long and rewarding day for hundreds of runners yesterday as they completed their full and half marathons in town.

The weather cleared up in the early morning to provide perfect conditions for the fit bunch of runners as they made their way around the route.

Marcus Howlett of Run The Kingdom was delighted with the Kerry’s Eye-sponsored event.

“We sold out the event We had about 300 for the full and between 450 and 500 for the half marathon. There was a lot of non-locals down as well so it’s great for the local economy. I was speaking to people in hotels who were saying they were booked out and even fruit and veg suppliers were saying they were getting extra orders over the weekend so it’s great for the town. We’ve four [marathons] down now so it’s on to year five,” said Marcus.

The runners finished up the routes running down Neil Armstrong Way in the Town Park and crossing the finish line near the Ashe Memorial Hall, to great cheers from fellow runners and spectators.

Scroll down for a short video of the start of the half-marathon and further down for loads of photos (we’ll have loads more tomorrow)

Greg McNamara and Colin 'Poshey' Aherne at the start of the Half Marathon on Saturday morning. Photo by Dermot Crean

Greg McNamara and Colin ‘Poshey’ Aherne at the start of the Half Marathon on Saturday morning. Photo by Dermot Crean

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Susan O'Sullivan, Aoife O'Connor and Cathy Jordan at the marathon finishing line on Saturday afternoon. Photo by Dermot Crean

Susan O’Sullivan, Aoife O’Connor and Cathy Jordan at the marathon finishing line on Saturday afternoon. Photo by Dermot Crean

Lorna Whyte, Olga Naughton, Tony Talbot and Mark Talbot at the start of the Half Marathon on Saturday morning. Photo by Dermot Crean

Lorna Whyte, Olga Naughton, Tony Talbot and Mark Talbot at the start of the Half Marathon on Saturday morning. Photo by Dermot Crean

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Chris and Darragh Grayson with Vincent O'Leary, at the marathon finishing line on Saturday afternoon. Photo by Dermot Crean

Chris and Darragh Grayson with Vincent O’Leary, at the marathon finishing line on Saturday afternoon. Photo by Dermot Crean

Gilda Moloney and Johnny O'laughlin, Killaloe, at the start of the Half Marathon on Saturday morning. Photo by Dermot Crean

Gilda Moloney and Johnny O’Loughlin, Killaloe, at the start of the Half Marathon on Saturday morning. Photo by Dermot Crean

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Lauren Barrett and Michelle Greaney at the marathon finishing line on Saturday afternoon. Photo by Dermot Crean

Lauren Barrett and Michelle Greaney at the marathon finishing line on Saturday afternoon. Photo by Dermot Crean

Mick Walsh and Paul Fitzgibbon at the start of the Half Marathon on Saturday morning. Photo by Dermot Crean

Mick Walsh and Paul Fitzgibbon at the start of the Half Marathon on Saturday morning. Photo by Dermot Crean

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Joan Wallace, Alan Hickey, Aileen O'Keeffe, Mary Falvey and Bridget O'Sullivan at the marathon finishing line on Saturday afternoon. Photo by Dermot Crean

Joan Wallace, Alan Hickey, Aileen O’Keeffe, Mary Falvey and Bridget O’Sullivan at the marathon finishing line on Saturday afternoon. Photo by Dermot Crean

Kerry O'Mahony, Joan O'Keeffe, Donna O'Mahony, Kerry O'Connor, Catherine Costello, Sabrina Caffrey and Cindy O'Shea at the start of the Half Marathon on Saturday morning. Photo by Dermot Crean

Kerry O’Mahony, Joan O’Keeffe, Donna O’Mahony, Kerry O’Connor, Catherine Costello, Sabrina Caffrey and Cindy O’Shea at the start of the Half Marathon on Saturday morning. Photo by Dermot Crean

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John Johnson, Johnny O'laughlin and Jamie Hennebery at the marathon finishing line on Saturday afternoon. Photo by Dermot Crean

John Johnson, Johnny O’laughlin and Jamie Hennebery at the marathon finishing line on Saturday afternoon. Photo by Dermot Crean

Alison Kirwan and Philip Gammell at the start of the Half Marathon on Saturday morning. Photo by Dermot Crean

Alison Kirwan and Philip Gammell at the start of the Half Marathon on Saturday morning. Photo by Dermot Crean

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Anne Doyle at the marathon finishing line on Saturday afternoon. Photo by Dermot Crean

Anne Doyle at the marathon finishing line on Saturday afternoon. Photo by Dermot Crean

A group running for Jigsaw at the start of the Half Marathon on Saturday morning. Photo by Dermot Crean

A group running for Jigsaw at the start of the Half Marathon on Saturday morning. Photo by Dermot Crean

Dermot Landy at the marathon finishing line on Saturday afternoon. Photo by Dermot Crean

Dermot Landy at the marathon finishing line on Saturday afternoon. Photo by Dermot Crean

Ladies at the start of the Half Marathon on Saturday morning. Photo by Dermot Crean

Ladies at the start of the Half Marathon on Saturday morning. Photo by Dermot Crean

Martina Fernane and Mairead Brennan at the marathon finishing line on Saturday afternoon. Photo by Dermot Crean

Martina Fernane and Mairead Brennan at the marathon finishing line on Saturday afternoon. Photo by Dermot Crean

Anne Doyle, Carmel Quinn and Arlene Mahony at the start of the Half Marathon on Saturday morning. Photo by Dermot Crean

Anne Doyle, Carmel Quinn and Arlene Mahony at the start of the Half Marathon on Saturday morning. Photo by Dermot Crean

A runner coming in at the marathon finishing line on Saturday afternoon. Photo by Dermot Crean

A runner coming in at the marathon finishing line on Saturday afternoon. Photo by Dermot Crean

Maggie Large and Tessie Whyte at the start of the Half Marathon on Saturday morning. Photo by Dermot Crean

Maggie Large and Tessie Whyte at the start of the Half Marathon on Saturday morning. Photo by Dermot Crean

Its all over for this runner at the marathon finishing line on Saturday afternoon. Photo by Dermot Crean

It’s all over for this runner at the marathon finishing line on Saturday afternoon. Photo by Dermot Crean

Mary Leahy, Ciaran Murphy, Sean Murphy and Tommy Keane at the start of the Half Marathon on Saturday morning. Photo by Dermot Crean

Mary Leahy, Ciaran Murphy, Sean Murphy and Tommy Keane at the start of the Half Marathon on Saturday morning. Photo by Dermot Crean

Rachel, Paul, Grace, Darragh, Donagh and Mark Stephenson at the marathon finishing line on Saturday afternoon. Photo by Dermot Crean

Rachel, Paul, Grace, Darragh, Donagh and Mark Stephenson at the marathon finishing line on Saturday afternoon. Photo by Dermot Crean

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