Information for Competitors

The 2018 Half on the Head (Kerryhead Half Marathon & 10k Run) will take place on Saturday June 16th 2018.

Registration is now open
for 2018 with a special early bird price until October 2017. (Just €30 for the Half adn €20 for the 10k)

Please note that Race Pack collection and registration will take place in the Ballyheigue Community Centre on Fri evening form 7-8:30 pm and on Sat morning from 9-10 am.

Details of last years event are below

Looking for a stunning half-marathon/10k? The Half on the Head follows a wonderfully scenic course from Ballyheigue Village right around Kerryhead (one of the closest places to the USA). 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.

Kerryhead 10k: A 10k Run will also take place on the day. The 10k will start from outside Flahives Pub just after 11am and follows the Half Marathon route for the first 3 miles before levelling out on Kerryhead giving you a chance to drink in the magnificent views of Tralee Bay stretching from Banna Beach to Brandon Mountain. To register please click the REGISTER ONLINE button below and select the Kerryhead 10k option.


Entry to the Half on the Head is just €40. (€30 before October 2017) The fee includes all of the following: your timing chip, a customized technical running shirt, goody bag, a customized finishers medal, and of course our famed after race party and Bar-B-Q

Check out our Story Map of the Route View Story Map

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We look forward to welcoming you on the day.


The Half Marathon starts at 11am. (Walkers/Slow joggers start at 10am approx).
The 10k Will begin immediately after the Half Marathon.
The race will begin outside the Community Centre (at the beach car park).
The Half Marathon route is a loop around Kerryhead and will finish at the Castle gates (near the start line).
Your race pack, timing chip and number will be available for collection in the Community Centre (Youth Space Section) from 9am to 10:30am on the morning of the race.
Storage facilities and showers are also available at the community centre
All Half Marathon participants will also receive a customized Hi Performance Tech Running Shirt.
Finishers will also receive a specially commissioned finishers medal.
The pre-race briefing will take place at the start line immediately before the race.
There is ample parking at the Beach Car Park (beside the Community Centre), - Go straight through the village and follow the signs for the beach (on your left).
Water stops will be approximately every three and a half miles at the 3.6,10 mile marks.
Toilet facilities are available at the start/finish, at booleenshere school and at the third water stops mark.
You can view details of the course route and elevation on the "course" page of this website.
All participants are digitally timed and results will be made available on this website upon completion of the run.
Walkers/Joggers are welcome to participate. Walkers will start at 10am approx. Cut off time is 4 hours. Please indicate if you are a walker when registering.
Please visit the website for details of what is on in the locality and for information on places to stay and eat and for things to see and do.
A Post Race Party (& free B-B-Q) will be held in Flahives Pub after the race. Prize Giving will also take place here from 2pm.

Any queries please contact:

Please note that registration will take place in Ballyheigue Community Centre (Youth Space Section) from 9am to 10am. (storage facilities and showers are also available here)

Click here for Route Map and Elevations

Please note that ALL Proceeds go the Community Projects and Nominated Charities. - These are Non-Profit events organised for your enjoyment.

********************************* PAST EVENTS ****************************************

View Results of the 2017 Half Marathon and 10K

View Photos of the 2017 Half Marathon and 10K

View Results of the 2016 Half Marathon and 10K

View Photos of the 2016 Half Marathon and 10K

View Results of the 2015 Half Marathon and 10K

View Photos of the 2015 Half Marathon and 10K

View Results & Photos of the 2014 Race

The 2013 Half on the Head (Kerryhead Half Marathon & 10k Run) took place on Sunday 16th June 2013.

Click Here for 2013 Results and Photos

2012 Race Details & Archive

Thanks to everyone who took part in last years race. Feedback has been great so I hope ye enjoyed yourselves in spite of the weather.

View Race Results (PDF)

View Photos of the Race

Searchable results are also available on Sportstimings website at