The Marathon

The Marathon for Everyone!

The Marathon

Starts at 9am on St Patrick’s Street.

We are 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 Pope’s Quay, 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 – Link to 2016 marathon course and profile here.

The Irish Examiner Cork City Marathon is an official 42.195km (26 miles and 385 yards) marathon course, and serves as a Boston qualifier.

It is, overall, a fast and flat course.

As with all major city marathons, the challenge for the marathon course committee was to design a route that would maximise the runners’ experience while minimising the disruption to the public. We also wanted to make this truly a city marathon, by bringing the race to as much of the city as is possible.

There are a few immovable constraining factors: The options to the north of the River Lee are limited because of the steep hills. To the south, the potential course is restricted by the critical South Ring Road, which carries large amounts of traffic into or around the city centre. Despite these restrictions, the course committee designed a route that takes the runners north, east, south and west of the city centre.

The marathon and team relay begin and finish on the city centre’s main street, St Patrick’s Street.

Download the 2016 street listing for the marathon route here: IECCM Marathon route streets (to be updated shortly)

The 2016 Course (Amended 2017 course details will be available shortly)

Course Information

We are currently finalizing amendments to last year’s course. 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:

The course makes a single circuit of the city centre before heading north for the historic suburb of Blackpool.‌

Returning along the northern quays of the River Lee, the runners pass the four-mile mark along the picturesque riverside scenery of the Lower Glanmire Road (N8).

The first relay changeover is at about 5.2 miles, at the junction of the Tivoli Dual Carriageway. The race runs along the inbound carriageway before entering the Jack Lynch Tunnel.

‌‌You must reach the Jack Lynch Tunnel by 11am to facilitate reopening later in the morning. This should allow ample time, even for walkers.

The 360m-tunnel beneath the River Lee links Dunkettle to Ringmahon, and the 2007 marathon was the first time that pedestrians had been allowed through it since shortly after it was opened in May 1999. Then, about 100,000 people walked through the tunnel over two days raising huge amounts of money for charity. This run through the Jack Lynch Tunnel brings the race into Mahon, via the South Ring Road (N25) and the Skehard Road.

‌‌After the relay changeover point on the Ringmahon Road, the race takes a right-hand turn onto Castle Road. Just short of Blackrock Castle, the course turns right onto the Lough Mahon waterfront walkway. This popular local amenity walk runs for a mile-and-a-half along the river estuary.

It joins the Rochestown to Blackrock section of the Old Passage West Railway Line just after the 13.1-mile mark. Steep tree-lined embankments guide the runners along the line of the old railway and onto the Marina.

The exit from the Railway Line is slightly different this year. We’ve put in a new path just short of the entrance to the pump house. This will bring you onto the Marina behind the half marathoners who will be emerging from Atlantic Pond.

The race runs along Centre Park Road to the third relay changeover on Victoria Road.

From here, it joins the city’s South Link Road (N27) for a short distance to run into Turner’s Cross.

The South Link Road will start reopening for traffic from 1pm so aim to be past this point by then. Again, this is ample time at a moderate walking pace.

Through Ballyphehane and the Lough areas and onto Glasheen, the race heads along the Wilton Road, through Dennehy’s Cross and onto the Model Farm Road (R608) and the final relay changeover at Kenley.

There’s a short steep downhill immediately after the changeover, but the final four miles of the route are almost perfectly flat. At Inchigaggin Bridge the route takes a righthand turn onto The Orchards (Inchigaggin Lane) and a right turn again onto The Carrigrohane Road (N22).

At the start of the Western Road, the race turns left and right again, bringing the runners onto Mardyke Walk, passing the University’s Mardyke Arena and FitzGerald’s Park.

At the Mardyke Bridge the course crosses onto Sli Cumann na mBan, onto the North Mall.

There’s a change to the 2015 course at this point where the course crosses the North Gate Bridge, goes along Kyrl’s Quay, Coal Quay and Lavitt’s Quay to turn right onto the wonderful finish on St Patrick’s Street.

Prize Structure

Keane’s Jewellers Perpetual Cork City Marathon Trophies

‌Kindly donated by Keane’s Jewellers, the first across the line in the men’s and women’s marathon 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 marathon categories*:

1st: €1,000
2nd:   €900
3rd:    €800
4th:    €700
5th:    €600
6th:    €500
7th:    €400
8th:    €300
9th:    €200
10th:  €100

€100, €75, €50 for 1st, 2nd & 3rd respectively 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.