Torc Wood IMRA Race: A Rollercoaster Journey Through Kerry's Wilderness

March 25, 2024

Last weekend marked the thrilling sixth instalment of the Munster Coillte Winter/Spring League with the Torc Wood IMRA Race. Nestled amidst the undulating terrain of Kerry's woodland, this race drew in a formidable 97 entries, each eager to tackle the rollercoaster route winding through the picturesque landscape.

The 8km long course, boasting an elevation gain of 300m, presented participants with a formidable challenge amidst the stunning backdrop of Torc Wood. The twisting and turning trails tested the mettle of even the most seasoned runners, providing a true test of skill and endurance.

In a display of sheer determination and athletic prowess, the victors emerged from the grueling course. For the females, Carol Finn claimed the top spot, closely followed by Michelle Kenny and Faye O'Riordan. Among the male competitors, Nick Hogan secured first place, with Conor McElroy and Michael Furlong following closely behind.

Carol Finn
Carol Finn on her way to first place, by Valerie O'Sullivan.

However, the excitement didn't end there. The junior category, featuring a shorter 3.2km course with a 110m elevation, showcased the incredible talent of young runners. Ciara Meldrum and Darragh Kelleher emerged triumphant in the female and male categories respectively, demonstrating remarkable speed and agility on the challenging terrain.

None of this would have been possible without the dedication and hard work of Race Director Joe O'Leary and the army of volunteers who braved the elements to ensure the smooth running of the event. Their tireless efforts ensured that participants could fully immerse themselves in the beauty and excitement of the Torc Wood race.

As the dust settles on yet another exhilarating race, attention turns to the upcoming events on the IMRA Munster calendar. The Seefin Uphill race, scheduled for Friday, April 12th, promises another thrilling test, while the Seefin Challenge on Sunday, April 14th, marks the final race in the Winter/Spring League. Both events are part of the Euro Trials, offering participants the chance to push themselves to the limit and compete against some of the region's finest athletes.

As the Munster Coillte Winter/Spring League approaches its climax, anticipation is high for what promises to be an unforgettable conclusion to a season filled with excitement and unforgettable moments in the mountains.

Featured Image: Tom Blackburn, taken by Valerie O'Sullivan.

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