Meet Cork City Marathon Pacers – Sub 4.30 Hour Pacing Group 2022

Sub 4.30 Hour Pacing Group 2022:

Name: Paula Wright

Club: Newport AC / MCI

I have been pacing the Cork City Marathon 2017, 2018 and 2019. It will be fantastic to come back again! 

10 years ago I started from zero my running madness.

Since that l have been in many places clocking over 100 marathons and meeting lots of like-minded people.

My sweet spot is ultra running and especially 24hr races.

I have run the 24hr national championships twice and the first time I got silver and the second time I was crowned the champion.

I also represented my native Finland in the 24hr World Championships.

The craziest thing I have done was during the lockdown. I ran 10 marathons in 5 days on a 500-metre track. That required some stamina and determination! Not sure if I would do it again. 

I will drive the 4:30 pacing train smoothly with some humour, stories and motivational speeches are thrown into it.

I cannot wait to see you there! X


Name: Jimmy Kelly

Hi, it’s my first time participating in the Cork City Marathon and I’m really honoured to have been asked to pace it.

Ok, a bit about me.

I have161 Marathons/ultras to date with my longest run from Belfast to Dublin.

I ran my first Marathon in Dublin in 2013 and joined Marathon Club Ireland, this opened my eyes to the Marathon scene and the social side of running.

I like to travel and run marathons abroad, especially in some of the more unusual places. I believe it’s a great way to see a country, so far it’s brought me to Romania, Sweden, Poland, England, Scotland, Netherlands and Italy.

So far, I’ve paced Derry x 2, Longford x 2, Kilkenny and The Irish 50 km Championships in Donadea and in March this year I successfully paced the 4hr 20min group in the Rome Marathon, which was a phenomenal experience.

I love pacing, the buzz of the group and running for someone else instead of yourself, watching someone get across the line on their first Marathon is always something special.

So, if running the Cork Marathon in 4hr 30 min is your goal, I’m here to help.

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

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