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The organiser of an adventure run, taking place this weekend, says none of the Kerry leg of the route  has been marked with spray paint.

Celtic Traverse

Celtic Traverse is a six-day run through some of the most scenic parts of Ireland, including the Kerry Way.

Some walkers and mountaineers raised concerns that parts of the Kerry Way would be marked with spray paint to identify the route for those taking part in the Celtic Traverse run.

Organiser Rowan McMahon, managing director of Primal Challenges Ltd, says there were never any plans to use spray paint or markers on the route, which includes the Old Kenmare road, Sneem and parts of the Iveragh Peninsula.

He says there’s already adequate signage along the route.

Mr McMahon says spray paint was used on the Wicklow Way leg of the race to help staff, unfamiliar with the route, who were called upon unexpectedly as a result of two medical emergencies.

The National Parks and Wildlife Service says it contacted the organisers to inform them it’s normal practice to contact management of the Wicklow Mountains National Park and secure permission prior to an event taking place on national park lands.

The NPWS says Celtic Traverse organisers were informed that one of the conditions of the permits it issues is that the use of spray paint as a marking tool is prohibited.

Rowan McMahon says the spray paint used in Wickow and on the Ballyhoura Way on the Limerick/Cork/Tipperary border was biodegradable.

The Celtic Traverse run finishes in Kerry tomorrow.