A his­toric year for the Ir­ish Examiner Cork City Marathon

Irish Examiner - Supplement - - CORK CITY MARATHON 2017 - Jim O’Dono­van, Race Di­rec­tor, Ir­ish Examiner Cork City Marathon

This year was a his­toric year for the Ir­ish Examiner Cork City Marathon as af­ter 11years, for the first time since its in­cep­tion, the marathon took place on the Sun­day of the June bank hol­i­day.

Mov­ing the tra­di­tional race day from Mon­day to Sun­day al­lowed more flex­i­bil­ity for vis­i­tors, both na­tion­ally and in­ter­na­tion­ally, trav­el­ing to par­tic­i­pate. This date change proved ex­tremely pop­u­lar among par­tic­i­pants and spec­ta­tors alike as there was a nearly 10% in­crease in en­try num­bers on last year. Among the over 7,500 par­tic­i­pants who took to the streets of Cork we were thrilled to have 24 dif­fer­ent coun­tries and 47 na­tion­al­i­ties rep­re­sented.

We also had two new Guin­ness World Records set out on course. Damien Cole­man, Black­rock Hurl­ing Club, beat his 2016 record with an im­pres­sive al­most 28 min­utes to spare, com­bin­ing hurl­ing with marathon run­ning, as he ran while solo­ing with a hur­ley and slio­tar for the du­ra­tion of the 26.2 mile course.

Lon­don na­tive John Mullee, run­ning on be­half of Team Tracey, took his place in his­tory as the Fastest Marathon Dressed As A Star Wars Char­ac­ter. The force was with him, as dressed as a stormtrooper he set a new world record, smashed the ex­ist­ing record by just over an hour.

This race is more than a marathon. I am de­lighted that our marathon is recog­nised for its in­clu­siv­ity, and we had many first-time ath­letes on the course. It’s a huge achieve­ment to com­plete a goal of a first marathon, half or leg of a re­lay, and some­thing which all par­tic­i­pants should take great pride in.

For oth­ers, they know this course like the back of their hand, hav­ing tak­ing part ev­ery year since its re­turn, such as Ra­heny man Dave Brady who marked his mo­men­tous 650th marathon on Sun­day. I would also like to take this op­por­tu­nity to thank those, that with­out whom, this great marathon would not be pos­si­ble, the vol­un­teers. We had ap­prox­i­mately 600 vol­un­teers around the course com­prised of 240 race stew­ards, 150 wa­ter sta­tion vol­un­teers, 120 med­i­cal and first aid per­sonal and over 100 gar­daí.

Fi­nally, con­grat­u­la­tions to all of the win­ners of the 2017 Ir­ish Examiner Cork City Marathon and to each and ev­ery one who crossed the fin­ish line.

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