Annual Kingdom Come run to be held at An Riocht in April

The annual Kingdom Come run takes place this year on Sunday 14th April 2019 in Castleisland association with Lee Strand. 

The event has two distances a 10 mile and 5km run. The event is organised by An Riocht AC which attracts participants from all over Kerry, Cork, Limerick, and as far away as Tullamore!  A flat and fast 10 mile route was chosen by Riocht club athletes last year, the feedback for the new route was fantastic with many people achieving personal best times.

Our 5km route remains the same as previous years and sees a wide variety of abilities taking part in this event.  

The 5k run often attracts “first time” 5k participants who have completed training at the An Riocht track through the popular Couch to 5k programme. 

The Couch to 5k programme is ongoing at the moment and is on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7pm. Sessions are approx. 30 minutes and costs €2 per session, people can join in anytime to the programme with families and walkers most welcome.  For more information on the Kingdom Come Run please find us on Facebook or through the race website

Last year almost 400 runners took part in the annual Kingdom Come Run in Castleisland on Sunday last. There was plenty of local familiar faces present from the surrounding athletic clubs in Kerry, along with a large number of runners from every corner of the Kingdom, County Cork and Limerick.  A smile was on the faces of all runners when they were presented with a finisher’s medal and souvenir along with hot food and a well-deserved cup of tea.

The 10 mile race was won by Tommy O Brien (An Riocht) in time of 57.09 and the first female home in this event was Maria McCarthy (Farranfore Mainevalley AC) in a season best time of 62.51.  Sean O Sullivan (An Riocht) won the 5k run in a time of 16.19 with Niamh O Sullivan (An Riocht) winning the female race in a time of 19.08.


2000+ participants to descend on Quest Killarney 2018

Next Saturday 6th of October Quest Killarney will take place, starting and finishing at the Gleneagle Hotel in Killarney. More than 2000 participants will take part in the event which is in its seventh year, traversing hills, pathways and the lakes of Killarney. An event expo will take place on Friday 5th of October from 5-9pm, with stalls, samples and talks taking place.

Oliver Kirwan, Director, said, “We are delighted to end the Quest Series for the year in style in Killarney. It’s our biggest and best event and we’re very excited to be able to welcome more than 2000 adventure racers to town. It’s a great event for business in Killarney as many of the participants bring friends and family that support local businesses throughout the weekend.

“We couldn’t carry off the event without the support of our local stakeholders, residents, the Gardaí and the National Parks. I’d like to thank them all for their ongoing support. The whole team at Quest is looking forward to welcoming all those taking part and we want to wish them the best of luck, enjoy the day and the craic at the after-party!”

Quest Killarney takes place on Saturday 6th of October. Road users are being asked to be aware of large groups of cyclists travelling between the Gleneagle Hotel and the Gap of Dunloe from 7.30am to 11am. Please note the Muckross and Dinis Trail will be closed from 11am to 13.30pm and Lord Brandon’s Cottage to N71 on the Kerry Way track will be closed from 8am to 1pm.

Dates for all the Quest events in 2019 have been released with most going on sale on Saturday 6th of October too for those who want to start planning their year ahead. Dates for 2019 are;

Quest Kenmare – 2nd March

Quest Glendalough – 6th April

Quest Wales – 8th June (already open for registration)

Quest 12/24 – 31st August (to open for registration in late October)

Quest Achill – 14th September (TBC)

Quest Killarney – 12th October

Oliver Kirwan, Director, said, “We’ve had a really great year in 2018 with two new events getting off the ground and proving both popular and very enjoyable events. Quest Kenmare is coming back with some new routes and Quest 12/24 returns next summer too. Despite being quite a niche, tough event, the feedback we’ve had is so positive we’ll certainly be bringing another cohort of endurance athletes to Sneem in August.

“Our other long-standing events are coming back too – Killarney October is staying in place and we’ll be bringing back Achill and Glendalough too – really different, but also really exciting and popular events. We’re really looking forward to 2019, we’re working on other new events too so it’s shaping up to be a great year.”

For more information or photographs please contact or 0872026679.

Keep an eye on social media and for further details of new events and updates on 2019.


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 250 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 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 in October.

For more information please contact or 0646635512.