Quest 12/24, an endurance length adventure race, with two distances of 146km and 253km respectively took place for the very first time this weekend. More than 200 hardened adventurers took the course with the aim of completing it in the allotted time of 12 or 24 hours respectively.
Winners of the 24 hour, 253km event were Paul Mahon, Wicklow in a time of 15hrs 09mins 37secs and Moire O’Sullivan in 16hrs 19mins 55secs. In the men’s race second postion went to Gavin Byrne (15hrs 22mins 53 secs) and third went to Killarney man Kevin Leahy (15hrs 35mins 21secs). In the female race second position went to Ailise Deane from Dingle (16hrs 56mins 51secs).
In the 12 hour, 146km event, the winning male was Killian Heery, Cavan, in a time of 8hrs 10mins15secs. The winning female was Aine Mahony in a time of 9hrs 57mins 48secs. In the male event second position went to Brian McBride (8hrs 13mins 59secs) and third position was won by John Paul O’Connell, Limerick (8hrs 16mins 42secs). In the female event second position went to Regina Sheehan from Mallow, Co.Cork (10hrs 10mins 02secs) and the winner of third position was Ger Kelly (10hrs 22mins 43secs).
Race Director, Oliver Kirwan said, “We are absolutely delighted with how the event has gone. The participants put in such effort, blood, sweat and tears – and that’s no exaggeration! We had excellent support from the local community around the Ring of Kerry and I would like to thank them all for this. Feedback so far has been phenomenal and we will certainly be bringing the event back again next year.”
Moire O’Sullivan, Quest 24 winner of the female category said, “We had an absolutely unbelievable weekend. It was so tough but so worth all the time and the training. It’s amazing to be out on the hills and roads with such great people and the camaraderie is just brilliant. Anyone who is into their fitness and is looking for a serious challenge for next year should think about this, it’s a unique event in a spectacular location.”
Daniel Comerford, took part in Quest 12 to raise money for The Thomas Hayes Trust, he said, “We entered Quest 12 to raise awareness for mental health. We wanted a challenge that would push us to the extreme and really test us and it absolutely did that. It was tough but we had an amazing time. I want to thank all the people who encouraged and kept us going throughout the 12 hours. And to those who donated to our fundraising efforts – thank you all!”
More than 200 participants took part across both events. The majority of participants came from other parts of Ireland and the UK with some travelling from as far field as Australia.
Quest 12/24 will take place on Saturday 31st of August 2019 and will open for registration soon.
Full results are available here;
12 Hour – http://live.primaltracking.com/quest12
24 Hour – http://live.primaltracking.com/quest24