Half Marathon

The Route

Please note that we’re currently finalizing amendments to last year’s course. We’ve had to reroute around those churches that would have been most severely impacted by the Sunday race – at Ballyphehane and Dennehy’s Cross. As soon as the changes are signed-off by the authorities, we’ll post details here.

Overall, the course will be largely as in 2016

Starts at 10:45.

Link to 2016 half-marathon course

The course will be marked every mile. The mile markers will be at ground level and will be blue and yellow.

The Half Marathon starts at 10.45am, a five-minute walk from City Hall or can be easily accessed on foot from the Blackrock Road. There will be no parking in the area and the area is closed to vehicles from 8am. From City Hall, the easiest access is via Anglesea Street, across the South City Link and along Albert Road or by Hibernian Buildings.

You should be at the start line by 10.30 to ensure you’re in position. Also remember that there’s a relay changeover point on Victoria Road, so avoid the congestion in the area. Please be aware that the lead marathon and relay participants will be running along Albert Quay and the South City Link from about 10.30.

The half marathon starting field will head off down Monaghan’s Road. Through the carpark near CAB, into the park at Atlantic Pond, turning right at the pond and along the path that rises up towards the Marina. After a sharp right, you’ll be facing the main marathon field at the entrance to the pump house on the Marina.

The merging of the half and marathon fields is one of the tightest points on the course. Please be aware that you’ll be following the path coming up out from Atlantic Pond, taking a sharp right and shortly after, a couple of sharp lefts before you’re onto the Marina. The marathon field will be running along the Marina at this point.

From there, the half runs the exact same course as the full marathon.

Prize Structure

Keane’s Jewellers Perpetual Cork City Half Marathon Trophies

‌Kindly donated by Keane’s Jewellers, the first across the line in the men’s and women’s half marathon will receive a beautifully crafted silver trophy. The trophies will be engraved with the winners’ names. Unfortunately, the trophies are perpetual, so the winners have to part with their silverware at the end of their reigning year!

Prizes will be awarded in the following categories*:

Half Marathon:
1st:   €500
2nd:  €250
3rd:   €200
4th:   €150
5th:   €100

€75 for 1st in each age category:

*There must be 3 or more entries to constitute a prize-winning category.

*Prizes are awarded equally to male and female categories.