The Marathon

The Marathon for Everyone!

The Marathon

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 2018 Marathon/Relay is the same as last year – the route is available here.

For a mile-by-mile trip along the marathon course, join one of this year’s pacer’s description here.

Download a 2017 street/road listing here.

The course changes in 2017 were made to minimize the impact on some of the old route’s busiest churches – St Mary’s, Pope’s Quay; the 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.

There were four changes:

  • The starting field crosses the river at c. mile 1 at Christy Ring Bridge rather than North Gate Bridge, avoiding Pope’s Quay.
  • In Ballyphehane, at c. 18 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 Ave, 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 25, 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 COBBLED 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.

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 still, 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 street listing for the route here.

The 2018 Course

2018 Course

The 2018 Marathon/Relay course will be as last year. Below is a wonderful trip through what you’ll encounter. There are a few road rules (apart from the terms of your run) we need to point out, before you head off on your journey.

‌‌You must reach the Jack Lynch Tunnel within 2hrs of the start. This should be ample time, even for walkers.

The South Link Road will start reopening for traffic from 12.00pm so you must be past this point by then.

Finally, because of the Eucharistic Procession, this year we must strictly enforce the 6hr-limit on the main course towards the end. If you reach the North Gate Bridge after 6 hours, you may be guided on a slightly diverted route (on the route of the old course). It’ll take you from the North Gate Bridge along the quays and onto our finish line on St Patrick’s Street. We’ll publish details of that diversion closer to race date, but you will need to respect normal road-regulations from that point.

A Trip along the 2018 Course

For a trip along the Cork marathon course, click here!

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.