The 2018 Irish Examiner Cork City Marathon, on Sunday 3rd June, will start a HALF HOUR EARLIER THAN PREVIOUS YEARS (YES, we are shouting!). The marathon and relay will start on St Patrick’s Street at 8.30am. The Half Marathon will start in the Albert Road area at 10.15am (details to follow).
Our shift to a Sunday last year was hugely popular with runners and volunteers, but it has impacted on many in our community, not least those attending religious services and sporting events of many disciplines.
This year, to facilitate our friends organising the Eucharistic Procession, we’re moving the start time of the marathon, relay and half marathon back a half hour. For those who aren’t aware of this important Cork tradition, this will be the 93rd Eucharistic Procession through the streets of Cork. It’s a tradition that transcends religion and is truly a part of Cork’s heritage and we’re working with the organisers to ensure that both events can take place harmoniously on the same day.
We are also very grateful to the Cork and Munster GAA for facilitating the Marathon by making significant changes to their scheduled matches at Páirc uí Chaoimh. We reckon that the clash of Cork and Limerick on Saturday evening (2nd June) will be a fabulous occasion that our visiting runners would do well to attend!
The changes to the route for a Sunday were made to minimize the impact on some of the old route’s busiest churches – Church of the Assumption, Ballyphehane; and the Holy Ghost Church, Dennehy’s Cross. The changes have introduced one significant uphill (on Connolly’s Road) but overall the profile remains very similar to previous years and it’s still a fairly flat course.
Download a copy of the street/road listing for the half here.
There were three changes:
In Ballyphehane, at c. 5 miles, instead of continuing up Lower Friars Walk onto Pearse Road (by the church), you’ll turn right, onto Connolly Road and stay on Connolly Road until you pass Tory Top Park. At the north end of the park, the race runs along the park’s perimeter onto Friars Walk, briefly, and into Reendowney and Clareville, turning left onto Pouladuff Road and back onto Pearse Road and onto Hartland’s Avenue.
At the western end of Hartland’s Avenue, instead of turning left for Glasheen you’ll run through onto Dorgan’s Road, left onto Magazine Road, right onto St Frances’ Road, left onto College Road and right onto Orchard Road. At the end of Orchard Road the Gardaí will operate a stop-go for traffic allowing the race to cross over to Farranlea Road, through Farranlea Park and back onto the old route on the Model Farm Road.
At mile 12.5, the race emerges from Sli Cumann na mBan as before. At the North Gate Bridge, instead of turning left onto the quays, the race runs straight onto North Main Street. PLEASE NOTE THAT NORTH MAIN STREET HAS RAMPS. We’re looking into ways to minimise their impact, but with tired legs, you’ll need to be aware of them.
You’ll be returning to Patrick’s Street via Washington Street and Daunt’s Square – the opposite direction to previous years. The finish line is at Opera Lane.
Important note: The Half Marathon will start at 10.15 this year. There will be a minor change to the start line – it’s likely to be on Albert Road, a minute or so from last year’s startline. That will be confirmed asap.
Link to the 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 10.15am, 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, walking 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 10.00 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 on your way down to the starting line. Please be aware that the lead marathon and relay participants will be running along Albert Quay and the South City Link from about 10.00.
The half marathon starting field will head off down Monahan’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.
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 your right.
From there, the half runs the exact same course as the full marathon.
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*:
€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.