Thank You!

Congratulations to everyone who took part in the 2018 Irish Examiner Cork City Marathon!

We had a fantastic day, with some fabulous running out there. A hearty congratulations to our winners, the very popular Gary O’Hanlon, who set a new record for us, Zola Flynn, Sergiu Ciobanu, Clare Gibbons McCarthy, Team Togher, who came home first in the Youth Challenge, and the impressive Team Brighton AB Group, who ran away with the relay!

We call ourselves the Marathon for Everyone and race day truly re-enforces that! From the winners to those who came home just as the Eucharistic Procession began at 4.30pm, you all made this a very special event for Cork city, so thank you for being part of the Cork Marathon!

Thank you to each and everyone who made the day such a celebration for the city.

Our sincere thanks are due to a very long list of individuals, clubs and organisations who contributed so much to make this wonderful event happen.

To our dedicated team of stewards and water-table volunteers, we can’t thank you enough – those who looked after the stewarding and managed the water stations. To our Head Stewards – PJ Walsh, Ed Fitzgerald, Tim Murray, Pat Walsh, Paddy Buckley and John Robinson, especially to Kev Cummins for managing the half-marathon so well and for all his work on the course.

Thank you to Frances Lynch, without whom race day simply wouldn’t have happened! To Eamon Hayes and James Goulding for so much help pre-race day and on the day itself.

Special thanks to our volunteers at City Hall, who put in such a long day and saw little of the race action – to all who volunteered for registration, to the wonderful Livia Misko, who oversaw the changing areas so efficiently, and Alex O’Shea for manning the information desk. To Donal McGrath, Sean Concannon, Niamh Walsh, Josephine O’Halloran, Paula Johnson, Liz and Ann Bogan who practically ran a marathon sorting baggage and organising relay medals. To one of our stalwart chief volunteers Niamh Spillane for her tireless work and her infectious ebullience, and to Aaron Hamlin for all his pre-race help. Many thanks to Mick Dooley, James Goulding, Pat Carroll, Sean Concannon and Flor Hurley for ensuring everything went to plan on the course, and drivers Roy O’Neill and John Denis from Kevin O’Leary for leading the race.

Thanks to our course officials, Tony Power, Kev Cummins and Stephen Scully, who looked after the start and finish areas so professionally and efficiently, and to John Quigley for remeasuring the half start. To Geraldine Sutton and Eucharia Savage in the finish area. Our Safety Officer, Joe Stockdale, brings unparalleled experience, exceptional skill and a reassuring presence to the event.

We’re indebted, as always, to our superb medical response team from St John Ambulance, the Civil Defence and the Red Cross, led by Drs Jason van der Velde and Hugh Doran. They expertly ensure that our runners in need are looked after and that exceptionally few require hospitalisation.

A very sincere thank you to Sgt Niall Daly and his team of over 120 Gardaí who juggled the challenging task of keeping 26.2 miles of traffic moving. We are in awe of how Sgt Niall manages such a complex operation and are deeply grateful to him for doing it with such skill, patience and good humour. Speaking of humour, many thanks to the incomparable Mairead and Deborah for operating traffic-control and making us smile throughout race day. (Deborah’s homemade cup cakes and treats are now legendary at Control Centre!)

We’re grateful to the Army for delivering to the water stations again this year and also for helping out at the finish line. Many thanks to Lieutenant James McKeown and his team for doing such a marvelous job.

Our pacing teams help make dreams come true on race day! We hope you know how much your skill and encouragement means to so many, and how appreciative we are for your presence on the course.

Many thanks to the team from Cork Environmental Forum, who helped keep the finish area clean and ensured that the waste was appropriately separated for recycling and composting.

Thank you to ERTO and the management team at the Jack Lynch Tunnel for allowing us to give our runners the extraordinary experience of running under water! We’re also very grateful to Bob Ryan and all at Pairc ui Chaoimh for letting us showcase their magnificent new stadium to our half-marathoners and for the loan of their flat-bed buggy.

Thank you to our suppliers for race day who make the operation run so smoothly – to Dean and his team at Sports Timing, Tony Doonan (TMI), Nick Kelly (Kelkab), Ger FitzGibbons (Leisure Domes), Brian Mahony (Event Centre), Robert Stevens (Stevens Display). Special thanks to Jess O’Sullivan and all at AOS Security for their seamless operation on race day and to Jess for help and advice pre-race.

The marathon couldn’t operate without the help of staff from Cork City Council. From the volunteers for registration and race day, to the staff of the Traffic, Cleansing, Parks and IT departments on race day – thank you all. Throughout the year, staff from almost all departments in the Council contribute to the event, so thanks is due to everyone from IT, Corporate Affairs, Finance, Environment, Parks, Roads and Traffic. Special thanks to Grainne Morgan, for one last time managing the Council’s road closures, and to Dominic Donovan and his crew for cleaning up after us. Many thanks to Chief Fire Officer John Ryan for allowing us use the Local Co-ordination Centre and to the Fire Brigade for their help on race day.

Thank you to our fabulous sponsors, the Irish Examiner, 96FM/C103, the River Lee Hotel, Kevin O’Leary Group and TETRA Ireland for their invaluable support.

Fiona Ryan and all at Hopkins Communications deserve our thanks for their work throughout the year.

Last but far from least, our heartfelt thanks go out to the Cork public. We know we inconvenience many motorists and residents on race day, so we apologise sincerely to those who were caught up in any traffic delays or detours and thank you for your patience. We are so proud of the Cork public who came out once again in their thousands to cheer on the runners, feed them with fruit and sugary treats, and helped them complete their epic journeys. You are a massive part of making the Cork marathon such a marvellous occasion for the city.