A historic year for the 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.