It was a really crappy morning with the rain coming down as we waited for the finish of the Dingle half marathon last Saturday morning.
The finish of the half marathon is just outside the front door of the famous Kruger’s pub in Dun Chaoin. It is apparently the most westerly pub in Europe and we were grateful for the warmth of the cup of coffee as we sheltered out of the rain as we awaited the first of the finishers.
The race starts from Dingle at 9 a.m. and the roads are closed at that time so we had to make an early start to get across the bridge out of Dingle and out to Ballyferriter and around to Dun Chaoin. It is a wonderful scenic route with the Blasket Islands just off the coastline. Thankfully the race officials allowed us to park in the little field just opposite the pub.
Even though the morning was bad we just had to be there, as our sons Eamon and Owen and son-in-law Rossa Mc Mahon were all competing. In my view anyone who has done the training to finish a half marathon deserves all the support they can get. The race between John Leahy and Rossa was tight again but Rossa just got him this year.
What was wonderful this year is that all of them finished the race in style and were all delighted with the times they did. The cheering supporters at the finishing line, including three of our young grandchildren, and the great results they all achieved hopefully, made all the training worthwhile.
I think Eamon’s happy smile at the finish tells its own story.
Well done to all.
Ted Dwyer Family Business