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Half on the Head (Kerryhead Half Marathon and 10k) 2023

Organiser: Half on the Head (Kerryhead Half Marathon and 10k) 2023
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Jun 17 at 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Run the most scenic Half Marathon in Ireland along the Wild Atlantic Way.

Contact Us:

[email protected]

Social Media:

You can keep up to date with all the latest news form the Half on the Head by following us on your favourite Social Media channel.

Read our Race Review from RUNNERS WORLD Magazine

Facebook – for news, competitions and events.

Twitter – Follow our twitter feed for the very latest news.

Blog – Check out our  blog – packed with hints, and tips as well as details about the Half on the Head route.

Course / Route Map:

The Half on the Head course map and elevation is outlined below. You can also view a Garmin interactive view of the proposed route.

The Half on the Head follows a wonderfully scenic course from Ballyheigue Village right around the Kerryhead loop before ending up back at the start point. The 13.1 mile run takes you along one of the most unspoilt portions of the Wild Atlantic Way. Run beside the Shannon Estuary with views across the river mouth to the coast of Clare. Glancing back you will see the rugged Kerry coastline stretching to the town of Ballybunion. You might even catch a glimpse of the fabled Cliffs of Dooneen. Upon rounding the point of Kerryhead you will experience the magnificent panorama of Tralee Bay with Mount Brandon and the Maherees as a backdrop. Further along you have stunning views of the coastline stretching from Ballyheigue beach to Banna and Fenit with Blennerville Windmill in the distance. The first half of the course meanders gradually uphill before levelling out at the point of Kerryhead and then beginning a steeper decent back towards the village. Visit our BLOG for details on how best to tackle the route.

There are three water stations on the Half Marathon Route (at roughly the 3.5 mile, 7 mile and 10 mile markers). There are two toilet stops (At the two schools by the 2 mile and 10 miles markers).

The 10K route follows the first 5k of the Half Marathon route. Just after the water stop It makes its way back towards Kerryhead before a descent to the cliff road and a run alongside the sea to the finish. View our 10k Route Map

Check out our Mile by Mile Story Map of the Route View Story Map


Where do I collect my race number / register?
Race number collection takes place at the Community Centre beside the beach car park.
Registration/Collection is open on Friday evening from 7:00pm – 8:30pm and on Sat morning form 8am to 9:30am.
Check out a map of the area on our contact us page
Where can I park?
There is ample parking at the beach car park which is beside the community centre where registration takes place.
What about my T-Shirt / Medal?
Tech T-Shirts will be given to Half Marathon Participants when they collect their race number from the the Community Centre beside the beach car park. T-shirts will also be on sale at a subsidised price. All participants will receive a number with timing chip. All participants are also entitled to a free after race bar-b-q.
Medals will be given to all finishers at the end of the race.

Charities: Beneficiaries include:
Kerryhead/Ballyheigue Family Resource Centre
Ballyheigue Athletic FC
Ballyheigue Tidy Towns
Village Notice Boards
Booleenshere N.S.
Glenderry N.S.

Past Contributions were also made to:
Historical Walk Development
Kerry Adolescent Counselling Service (KACS)
Open Water Swimming Buoys
Outdoor Gym Project
Christmas Lights

What is the Course Record?

View our Hall of Fame for the Male and Female Winner Times

Register Now CLICK HERE


Jun 17
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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