The Cork City Marathon is one of the biggest occasions in Cork’s sporting and cultural calendar and its one i have run for the last 5 years and is the first event i put on my marathon calender ever year. Each year the marathon grows in strength and this year is no different. It really is a fantastic occasion .The marathon kicked off at 9am on St Patrick’s Street on Monday morning, with 8000 athletes competing in the full marathon, half marathon and team relay with the half marathon commencing at 11am on Skehard Road. Weather conditions were ideal for athletes, as well as the thousands of spectators who lined the marathon route to cheer on the participants.
HISTORY OF THE MARATHON
Monday 4th June 2007 saw the revival of the Cork City Marathon. It was the first marathon in 21 years in the city and the people of Cork welcomed the event back with tremendous enthusiasm. The city centre was packed with supporters and throughout the suburbs residents lined the roads, creating a festive atmosphere that befitted the occasion.Cork is a city of hills and valleys. Established on the low-lying islands around Washington Street and St Patrick's Street, the suburbs rise to fill the surrounding hills to the north and south. To the west, the Lee Valley provides some flat stretches, while to the east the harbour estuary also offers some flat relief.