Race Day


Changing Facilities
Start & Finish Lines
Timing Chips
Water Stations & Energy Drinks
Course Time Limit & Traffic
Getting to the Start Lines: Traffic & Parking
Team Relay
Discarded Clothes


Changing Facilities

On race day, the Concert Hall (Men’s) and the Millennium Hall (Women’s) at Cork City Hall will be available for changing and leaving your bag for later collection. All bags must have a label (available in the halls) with your race number clearly written on it. Please do not leave valuables in your bag.

Please note that security scans will be in operation at the entrance to the halls.
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The marathon and relay start at 8.30am on St Patrick’s Street. The start area will be zoned into your predicted time for the race – please respect these zones.

The half marathon starts at 10.15am on Albert Road. There are no parking facilities in the area of the half-marathon start. The start line is easily accessed on foot from Blackrock or is a short walk from City Hall. Please be in position by 9.45.

For your safety and comfort, walkers are asked to begin from the back of the starting fields. Marathon and half-marathon participants will be wearing a chip in your race bib, so even if it takes a minute or so to get to cross the starting line you’ll get an accurate start-finish time.

All events finish on St Patrick’s Street.
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Your timing chip will be integrated into your race number. If you don’t have your race bib with you on the morning, you won’t get an electronic time for your race.

Please wear the chipped bib on the front of your shirt, as high up as is comfortable for you.

For the relay, the team member who will cross the finish line must wear the number prefixed by the letter E.

There’s no need to return the chipped bib at the end of the race.
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WATER STATIONS & Energy Drinks

It’s going to be a warm day on Sunday so MAKE SURE YOU DRINK PLENTY OF WATER IN THE RUN-UP TO RACE DAY!

Please do not come to the startline dehydrated! Given the early start, there won’t be water on Patrick’s Street for the marathon/relay start, so bring your own if you think you’ll need it.

Drink enough before the start so that you don’t feel thirsty but don’t aggressively over-hydrate. Remember that over-hydrating is more dangerous than dehydration, so drink to your thirst and not just because it’s warm.

We’ll have plenty of water out on the course – nearly 65,000 units in all. However, please don’t waste the water by taking a sip and then dumping your bottle. Apart from the waste, it makes the job of the volunteers and Cleansing crew a lot more difficult. If you don’t want to drink the full bottle, squirt the rest of it over you! SIP AND TIP, it’ll make recycling the bottles a lot easier for us too.

All water stations will be stocked with 250ml sports-cap bottles.

Lucozade Sports will be provided in cups at three of the stations, roughly at 11, 18 and 23 miles.

There are toilets at the start area and around the course (near the Relay Changeovers), but you don’t need the stress of queueing a few minutes before the start gun!

There are water stations every 2.5 – 3 miles so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to top up. You probably won’t need to drink at every water station. Drink according to your thirst, taking the weather into account.


Drop Zones

To help with the clean-up, please try to discard your water bottle/energy drink cup within 200m of the water station. Throw them to one side, not onto the course or over walls or into peoples’ gardens.

On the South Ring Road, please don’t drop your bottles in the Tunnel. If you really do need to get rid of the bottle on the South Ring Road after the Tunnel, please throw it to the kerb on your right and not onto the grass verge.

On the South City Link, heading towards Turner’s Cross, please don’t throw your bottles up onto the steep bank to your left – throw them to the left but again on the road, so the Cleansing crew can retrieve them more easily.

On the Carrigrohane Road, where there’s live traffic to your right, please throw your bottles onto the footpath to your left.

If you like to sip while you run, try holding onto the bottle until you reach the next water station.

The water stations are as follows:

All water stations will have 250ml bottles of water. Lucozade Sports will be provided in cups at 3 stations (11, 15 & 23 miles). The stations are as follows:

  • Watercourse Road (c. 2.1 miles)
  • At the back of the Metropole Hotel on Patrick’s Quay, staff from the hotel will be serving you a light breakfast of raisins, sugary jellies and slices of orange, to set you on your way. (Again, with your orange peels, please throw them to your left.)
  • Horgan’s Quay – station staffed by Boots Pharmacy staff (3.2 miles)
  • Lower Glanmire Road – you’ll be looked after by a crew from Watergrasshill AC (c. 5.4 miles)
  • Mahon Point – big shout out to Barry and the gang from the Rising Sun club (8.2 miles)
  • Blackrock Castle carpark/walkway – thanks to Enable Ireland vols (c. 10.7 miles) & Lucozade Sports (in cups)
  • Railway Line at junction with Skehard Road – also looked after by Enable Ireland volunteers (c. 13.6 miles)
  • Marina (14.9 miles) & Sponges – staffed by the wonderful Lee Rowing Club crew
  • Curragh Road (17.6 miles) & Lucozade Sports (in cups)
  • The Lough – say hi to Steve O’Halloran and his fantastic crew (c. 19.5 miles) & Sponges
  • Farranlea Road – (c. 21 miles)
  • Inchigaggin Lane/Carrigrohane Road – thanks to Ballincollig AC for looking after you here (22.6 miles) & Lucozade Sports (in cups)
  • Carrigrohane Road – you’ll be looked after by the fabulous staff from the Kingsley Hotel and their crew (c. 24.1 miles)
  • Mardyke approach to Mardyke Bridge (c. 25 miles)
  • Finish Line: Staffed by our ever-present and cherished volunteer Geraldine Sutton, overseeing the volunteers and wonderful staff from the River Lee hotel. 500ml bottles of water (kindly sponsored by the River Lee Hotel), organic Fair Trade bananas, no-doubt melted chocolate bars and, thanks to Nature Valley, their energy restoring oat bars.

As you emerge from the finish area this year, you’ll have a chance to sample Heineken 0.0, a non-alcoholic beer that we think will be a very welcome and refreshing taster to celebrate your wonderful achievement!

Our sincere thanks to the Defence Forces in Collins Barracks, who’ll make sure your water is delivered to each and every station on race day.

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There will be portable toilets at the following locations:

  • City Hall
  • St Patrick’s Street
  • Half-marathon start on Albert Road
  • Silversprings relay changeover
  • Ringmahon Road relay changeover
  • Loughmahon Walkway/Ballinure Road
  • Victoria Road relay changeover
  • Model Farm Road relay changeover
  • Carrigrohane Road

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The course time limit is 6 hours. After 6 hours, the Gardaí may ask you to move onto the footpaths but the finish line will stay in place for 7 hours. St Patrick’s Street will be closed to traffic for the day.

If you’re over the course time limit, you will be asked to take a diverted route from the North Gate Bridge, to your left, along the quays and onto St Patrick’s Street. We’ll have stewards in place to make sure you get to the finish line.

While the course is closed to traffic, there are some areas where local residents will have to access their homes. Castle Road (at c. 11 miles), Model Farm Road (at c. 20 miles), Inchigaggin Lane (at c. 22 miles) and Mardyke Walk (at c. 25 miles) are particularly affected by the race. Please be aware in these areas that you may encounter some traffic. There will also be some traffic permitted on the course led by a Garda bike or car.

The Jack Lynch Tunnel (at c. 7 miles) is a critical link in the city’s traffic network. If you haven’t reached the tunnel by 10.30hrs, you will not be permitted through it.

The South City Link Road (at c. 17.5 miles) is also a vital artery in the city’s traffic network. To allow the South City Link Road to reopen, there is an official time limit for reaching the Turners Cross junction of 12.00hrs.

Please note that all road closures and re-openings are at the discretion of the Gardai and changes may be necessary on the day.
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While headphones are not banned from the race, you are strongly advised not to wear them.
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The marathon and relay begin on St Patrick’s Street in the city centre.

There will be major traffic restrictions throughout the city on race day but the general advice is to use the city’s Ring and Link roads when possible. You can drive into the city centre, but allow plenty of time to get to your start line. Contra-flows will operate in the Jack Lynch Tunnel, on the South Ring Road to Mahon and on the South City Link. A full list of roads affected is available to download here.

The Park & Ride service from the Black Ash centre, on the South City Link (N27), into the city centre will operate every 10 minutes from 07.00 to 19.30. The service costs €5 for the day. Participants and spectators are urged to use this facility and leave your car outside the city centre. The bus will bring you into the centre, a minute’s walk from the City Hall.

City and suburban bus services will be restricted because of the race – details will be posted as soon as they are available.


We’ll confirm race-day train time asap.


Information on alterations to Bus Eireann services in Cork is available here.
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There are five relay stages, for teams of two to five individuals. Each team member completes their leg(s) before handing over their team’s wristband (you’ll find that in your race pack at registration) to their team mate at the fixed changeover points.

Timing Chip
NB: We’re using a chip-in-bib timing system. The chip will be integrated into your race number. If you don’t have your race bib with you on the morning, you won’t get an electronic time for your race.

The team member who will cross the finish line must wear the number prefixed by the letter E.

Your team’s official time will be gun to chip finish.

Team members may cover one leg each (in teams of five), or take two or more consecutive legs in whatever combination suits them. The relay legs are as follows:

  • Start (Patrick’s Street) to near Silversprings Hotel: 4.8 miles (7.8km)
  • Silversprings to Ringmahon Road: 5.4 miles (8.7km)
  • Ringmahon to Victoria Road: 5.7 miles (9.2km)
  • Victoria Road to Model Farm Road: 5.8 miles (9.3km)
  • Model Farm Road to finishing line (Patrick’s Street): 4.5 miles (7.2km)

Getting to your Relay Changeover
A fleet of Bus Éireann buses will operate through the day to bring you to and from the outlying relay changeover points. The buses will shuttle from and to City Hall. First and last buses are as follows:

Silversprings: 7.15am – 8.00am

The last bus for Silversprings leaves promptly at 8am. If you miss that, you’ll have to make your own way down to the changeover.

Ringmahon Road: 8.45am – 10.15am

Model Farm Road: 9.45am – 1pm

The relay changeover on Victoria Road is a two-minute walk east of City Hall. From City Hill, follow the River east to Victoria Road, turn right and you’re at the station.

What to Bring

  • Race Numbers (your chip is in the E number bib this year)
  • Safety pins (in race pack at registration
  • Wristband (in your race pack at registration)
  • Water
  • Sunscreen
  • Vaseline or other anti-chafing product

Remember that the day may be hot, cold and/or wet – when you finish your stage of the relay, you might need extra clothes to keep you warm or dry. Why not give your change of clothes to the team mate that you will be handing over to? That way, when you reach your team mate at the changeover point, you can take your change of clothes from them and can take any surplus clothing that they may have been wearing while waiting for you. The team member that you’ll be handing over to could also take water and any other items that you might want at the end of your run.
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If you discard jackets, t-shirts, leggings, etc. at the start line of the marathon or half marathon, we’ll collect the garments and bring them back to City Hall, where the pile will be available after the races for you to sort through. Please note that we can’t guarantee that you’ll find your garment so ensure it’s not a valuable one. Also, we won’t have enough volunteers on hand to help you search, so it’ll be up to yourself to go through the gear and retrieve it. Please do not leave anything of value at the start line.

Unclaimed clothes will be washed and donated to charity one week after the event.(Any volunteers for washing grubby clothes would be most welcome to get in touch with us!)
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Marathon and half-marathon finishers will receive their medals at the finish line.

For the relay, each member of all finishing relay teams will receive a medal. However, you must go over to City Hall to collect the team’s medals. It’s a short walk to City Hall and please note that we will not be posting out any medals after the race.
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