Cork City Marathon celebrates International Women’s Day

As International Women’s Day is approaching, we want to celebrate you and the extraordinary women in this country. Being part of the Cork City Marathon, we want you to know how supported you are and how amazing you’re doing. Taking that leap to be involved in a marathon is no joke and something to commend yourself on – a phenomenal achievement! Right now, Ireland is ranked no. 4 in the world with 53% of all marathon runners being women – including you!

Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow,” is the theme for International Women’s Day on March 8, 2022. 

Together, we can all break the bias – on International Women’s Day (IWD) and beyond.

Join us this year at Cork City Marathon, use the code BreakTheBias and receive a 15% discount on Marathon, Half Marathon and Relay tickets (except concessionary tickets). Valid until 8th midnight. 

Let’s celebrate some remarkable Irish women in sport:

Picture thanks to Sonia O’Sullivan

Sonia O’Sullivan

Hailing from Cobh, Co. Cork, O’Sullivan is one of the country’s most successful athletes in history. A World Champion and Olympian, she has won 16 major athletics championship medals including the World and European 5,000m gold, two World Cross Country gold, European 10,000m gold and more.

Sonia has also written two books to date. Running to Stand Still was her first and her second book was an open, honest autobiography, titled Sonia, My Story. 

Rachael Blackmore

A Tipperary woman, Blackmore is from Killenaule. Blackmore rode her first winner as an amateur jockey in February 2011 and turned professional in March 2015. Fast forward to the present day and she has made history: becoming the first female to win the leading jockey title at the Cheltenham Festival, the first woman to win the Champion Hurdle and the first female to win the Aintree Grand National. 

Blackmore’s groundbreaking achievements have resulted in her being named the 2021 RTE Sports Person of the Year and the BBC World Sport Star of the Year.

Katie Taylor

From Bray Co. Wicklow, Taylor began boxing in 1998, making history at age 15 in 200, winning the first officially sanctioned women’s bout ever held in Ireland.  

In her amateur boxing career, Taylor won five consecutive gold medals at the Women’s World Championships, gold six times at the European Championships, and gold five times at the European Union Championships. Taylor turned professional in 2016 going on to become a historic figure in boxing and to name one more achievement of many, Taylor won gold at the Olympics.

Taylor is credited with raising the profile of women’s boxing at home and abroad.


Let’s celebrate you! Meet some of the women taking part in this year’s marathon:

Speaking of Irish women in sport, let’s meet you! What is motivating you to get involved in the Cork City Marathon? Here are some of the amazing women taking part in June:

Emily Murphy is running at Cork City Marathon in June 2022Emily Murphy, Cork

I am an Intellectual Disability Nurse in Cope Foundation and have come to the last few months of studying Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in University College Cork. Mental health has always been a passion of mine and it is so important to raise as much awareness about something that touches so many of us throughout our lives. Whether it is ourselves or someone we love, we want to know that help is there when it is needed. I wanted to do something to mark the end of my psychotherapy studies in a way that is meaningful to the work I will be doing. 

I am running the half marathon this year, in aid of Pieta House to raise much needed funds for the incredible work they do in helping people when they need it most.





Beatrice Marti is running at Cork City Marathon in June 2022

Beatrice Marti, Italy

“Running makes me shine”












Lynn Griffin is running at Cork City Marathon in June 2022Lynn Griffin, Cork


“With two little toddlers,I found running has helped me find myself again. Put on your runners, put one foot in front of the other, no matter how slow you are, you are still lapping everyone on the couch. The only thing that is stopping you is yourself!”




Introduction of community running programmes – your new community for the marathon

We’re so excited to announce a new initiative for this year’s marathon – the introduction of community running clubs. In collaboration with Cork Sports Partnership, we’re teaming up with a number of local partners to launch a new initiative for this year’s event and future events in Cork.

Make training fun, safe and social! Meet other people and have company while you train – regardless of your fitness level, it’s the perfect place to meet new people and make new memories while feeling supported in your journey. More details will be published soon so keep an eye on our website and our social channels (@corkcitymarathon).

We can’t wait to see you in June!

Join us on the June bank holiday weekend for a unique run through the streets of Cork city.

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