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Cork City Marathon On Route To A Huge Success

THE outline route of Cork City's first marathon in 21 years was announced at Cork City Hall last night and promises to be as fast a course as the city can provide. The route has been kept as close to the city as possible to ensure maximum spectator involvement and will also feature a leg through the Jack Lynch Tunnel.

The Montenotte Cork City Marathon will start and finish right in the centre of Patrick Street and cover points north, south, west and east in between.

First the race will head for Blackpool before doubling back to Tivoli and on under the tunnel at Mahon, veering west out the south link through Togher and on to the Model Farm Road. It will then return via the Carrigrohane Road, Western Road and over the new Mardyke Bridge before a final stretch on the flat of the city ends up back on Patrick Street.

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John Gately, MD title sponsors the Montenotte Hotel, Mick Dooley, BHAA, Roger Flack, President Cork Chamber of Commerce, The Lord Mayor, Cllr Michael Ahern, Noreen Murphy, Chair Cork Branch AAI, Jim O'Donovan, Director of Services, Community & Enterprise at the Launch of the Montenotte Hotel Cork City Marathon 2007. Picture, Tony O'Connell Photography.

"It's a fantastic route and really brings every area of the city into play while also having the potential to generate great times for all who participate," said Lord Mayor, Michael Ahern.

The official launch at Council Chambers yesterday also announced this year's nominated charity.

"We see the event as ideal for fund-raising causes and we are delighted to have the Irish Guide Dogs Charity as an associate for this first race. However, we know all charities will benefit as runners set up teams to run for their favourite cause," the Lord Mayor added.

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 At City Hall for the Launch of the Montenotte Hotel Cork City Marathon 2007 were L to R, Michelle Overbury, LeisureWorld Churchfield, Cork Hurler John Gardiner, Lord Mayor Cllr Michael Ahern, Cllr Terry Shannon and John Kingston, LeisureWorld. Picture, Tony O'Connell Photography.

One area where mass participation is expected is in the relay event. "We're looking for up to five people per team to run the race in relay and each team member can run as few or as many consecutive legs as they wish," said the Lord Mayor.

One of the first to enter will be members of the Cork Fire Brigade from Anglesea Street. Others are expected from all over the country.

Guide Dogs Chief Executive Padraig Mallon said he was delighted to be involved with the event. "We are a locally-based charity but we provide a service to people all over the country and we expect to see people from all over the country descending on Cork for the June Bank Holiday Weekend. This will give people a huge opportunity to support the work we do."

 

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 John Gately, MD title sponsors the Montenotte Hotel, Roger Flack, President Cork Chamber of Commerce, Noreen Murphy, Chair Cork Branch AAI, Breeda Clancy, Regional Development Manager, Irish Guide Dogs, and Lenny at the Launch of the Montenotte Hotel Cork City Marathon 2007. Picture, Tony O'Connell Photography.

Lord Mayor Ahern agreed: "This is going to be a great event on a great weekend for Cork. First on the Saturday we will have the exciting Ocean To City rowing race which is going to be bigger and better than ever this year and then on the Monday we´┐Żll have the marathon. We are really looking forward to people from all over getting involved in both events."

The Montenotte Hotel Cork City Marathon will be run on June 4 and is being supported by Cork City Council who have pledged to back the event for five years to grow it as one of the major events in the Irish Sporting Calendar.

Entries are available from the Montenotte Hotel Cork City Marathon Office, on the web site at www.corkcitymarathon.ie, at most gym, sports and athletic clubs and will appear regularly on the Evening Echo.

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 Members of the AAI and BHAA at the Launch of the Montenotte Hotel Cork City Marathon 2007. From L to R: George Brennan, Mick Dooley, Noreen Murphy, Monica Twohig, Padraig Kelly, Kevin Cummins and Jeff Murphy. Picture, Tony O'Connell Photography.

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