Race Day

Race Day

The marathon and team relay start at 9am sharp on Monday 2nd June on St Patrick’s Street, with the wheelchair marathon starting a couple of minutes before that.

The half marathon starts at 10.30am from Skehard Road, Mahon. There will not be parking facilities in the area of the half-marathon start. Buses from City Hall will take you out to the Skehard Road.

Registration will be open at Cork City Hall on Saturday 31st May from 11am to 6pm and again on Sunday 1st June from 12noon to 6pm.

CHANGING Facilities:
On race day, the City Hall and the Millennium 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 the halls.

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START & FINISH Lines:
The marathon and relay start at 9am 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 10.30am on the Ringmahon Road. Buses will take participants from City Hall to the Skehard Road, from where you'll have a five-minute walk to the start line. The field will be held on Skehard Road until just before the start time. Please note that you should only approach the start line from the Skehard Road.

For your safety and comfort, walkers are asked to begin from towards 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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TIMING CHIPS:
This year 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.

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:
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:

  • Blackpool bypass (c. 2.5 miles)
  • Horgan’s Quay - water kindly provided by and station staffed by Boots Pharmacy (c. 4 miles)
  • Lower Glanmire Road (c. 6 miles)
  • South Ring Road (c. 9 miles)
  • Blackrock Castle (c. 11.5 miles) & Lucozade Sports (in cups)
  • Railway Line at junction with Skehard Road (c. 14 miles)
  • Marina, Lee Rowing Club (c. 15.6 miles) & Sponges
  • Curragh Road (c. 18 miles) & Lucozade Sports (in cups)
  • The Lough (c. 19.5 miles) & Sponges
  • Model Farm Road (c. 21 miles)
  • Inchigaggin Lane/Carrigrohane Road (c. 23 miles) & Lucozade Sports
  • Carrigrohane Road, Kingsley Hotel (c. 24 miles)
  • Mardyke, approach to Mardyke Bridge (c. 25 miles)

Finish Line: 500ml bottles of water (kindly sponsored by the River Lee Hotel), organic Fair Trade bananas and Natures Valley cereal bars.

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COURSE TIME LIMIT & Traffic:
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.

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) and Mardyke Walk (at c. 25 miles) are particularly affected by the race. Please be aware in both 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. 7.2 miles) is a critical link in the city’s traffic network. If you haven't reached the tunnel by 11.30, 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 Link Road to reopen, there is an official time limit for reaching Turners Cross of 13.00hrs - that's exactly on a 6-hour pace.

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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HEADPHONES:
While headphones are not banned from the race, you are strongly advised not to wear them.

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GETTING TO THE START LINE:
The marathon and relay begin on St Patrick’s Street in the city centre.

There will be major traffic restrictions throughout the city on Bank Holiday Monday, 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 07.30 to 19.15. 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 available here.

Irish Rail will be operating two services from East Cork on Marathon Day for the Marathon:  0730 Cobh to Cork, serving Rushbrooke, Carrigaloe, Fota, Glounthaune and Little Island, and the 0745 Midleton to Cork, serving Carrigtwohill, Glounthaune and Little Island. There is also free parking at all East Cork stations. 

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TOILETS:
There will be portable toilets at the start area, on St Patrick’s Street, and just before each of the Relay Changeover points.

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TEAM RELAY

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.

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REGISTRATION: 
You can register for the Marathon, Half-Marathon and Marathon Relay at City Hall on either Sat. 31st May (11am - 6pm) or Sun 1st June (12noon - 6pm).

At least one member of a relay team must go to registration, there you’ll collect your team’s 10 race numbers. These will have your race number, prefaced by the letters A, B, C, D or E. There will be two of each letter, one to be worn on the front, the other on your back.

TIMING CHIP:
NB:This year 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.

STAGES:
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: 5.2 miles (8.3km)
  • Silversprings to Ringmahon Road: 5.5 miles (8.9km)
  • Ringmahon to Victoria Road: 5.8 miles (9.3km)
  • Victoria Road to Model Farm Road: 5.2 miles (8.4km)
  • Model Farm Road to finishing line (Patrick’s Street): 4.5 miles (7.2km)

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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 leave from City Hall at the following times:

Relay Changeover Point

FIRST Bus

LAST Bus

Silversprings

08.00

08.30

Ringmahon Road

09.45

11.00

Model Farm Road

10.30

13.30

The 3rd relay changeover point is on Victoria Road, 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.

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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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MEDALS:
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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